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Homes plan thrown out over safety fears

Malvern Editorial 29th Oct, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SAFETY fears have seen a proposal for 70 homes at land near Upton Marina thrown out.

Councillors from Malvern Hills District Council expressed concern creating an access route from the site on to the A4104 would see traffic backed up along the bend of the roads as vehicles waited to turn right into the new development.

Officers concluded it would have had a ‘severe impact upon highway safety’.

More than 30 residents had complained to the council ahead of the southern area development management committee meeting where the Tingdene Marinas proposal was discussed.

Their worries centred on potential road issues as well as claims the area lacked infrastructure including schools, doctors surgeries and jobs, meaning new residents would have to commute.

People living in the area also raised issue with the fact the council had already given the green light to build a 42 lodge holiday village on nearby land although planning officers said the argument should be given ‘limited weight’.

Upton Town Council recommended the development, which would have provided 28 affordable homes, go ahead providing it met road regulations however Worcestershire Highways deemed the impact on existing roads would be ‘unacceptable’.

The committee did however approve Chapman Taylor and Taylor’s application for 25 properties on the east side of Ryall Road in the same area.

The proposal had received a similar amount of opposition from residents who also raised concerns with potential traffic and the lack of infrastructure.

Permission was granted to the developers by the committee providing agreements were made which would secure investment towards education, open space, sports and transport facilities.

It was also decided Chapman Taylor and Taylor should contribute £14,350 towards improving pedestrian and cycle routes between the site and Upton-upon-Severn.

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