A MAJOR development to bring 2,200 homes, a primary school, shops and a health centre to South Worcestershire has been given the go ahead.
Malvern Hills District Council’s northern area planning committee approved the plans last Wednesday which followed agreement from Wychavon District Council and Worcester City Council.
The site stretches into all three authority boundaries as it is located between the St Peter’s area of Worcester and Kempsey and near to the villages and Norton and Whittington.
Alistair Watson, managing director of Welbeck Strategic Land, said: “This was a challenging project which involved multiple landowners, three district councils and numerous stakeholders.
“We are delighted that, after five years of planning negotiations and community engagement members have resolved to grant consent.”
The proposal includes a link to the area’s agricultural past as part of the green infrastructure framework.
The new village centre will be around the historic farm buildings of Middle Broomhall Farm and orchards will be re-introduced along with allotments, community gardens and areas for gathering wild food.
Welbeck Strategic Land was advised by Savills’ Midlands planning team and Osborne Clarke.
Michael Davies, planning director at Savills, added it would bring much-needed housing in South Worcestershire, along with significant economic benefits, a range of community amenities and major new infrastructure.
The development is near the new Worcestershire Parkway station which is due to open in spring 2019, providing direct links to Birmingham and London.