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Homes get green light despite fears

Malvern Editorial 10th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PLANS to build a group of bungalows in Kempsey have been given the go-ahead despite fears over access to the site.

A total of 15 homes will be constructed at The Firs on Old North Road after Malvern Hills District Council’s Northern Area Development Committee approved the development.

But concerns were raised as the development proposed to close the one-way entrance and make the current exit from the site two-way.

A condition was put in to show revised plans of the retention of the northern access.

Committee member David Harrison said: “I have not spoken to anyone who is in favour of closing the existing entrance to this site, members were astonished to hear this was a proposal.

“The entrance and exit has always worked well since being forced on the original application.

“There have been no accidents with this in place and I think this is a pointless and dangerous way forward.”

Further fears over flooding of the Hatfield Brook and the width of the site in relation to any refuse vehicles driving in were also brought up.

“We have a serious concern about the discharge into Hatfield Brook and there are many things that can be done to reduce this,” Mr Harrison added.

“Kempsey has spent £2.4million on flood defences and I don’t want to be the one who gets more water going into the brook which causes more flooding in Kempsey.”

A total of ten members voted in favour with one abstaining.

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