Masterplan for 800 homes in Newland now on the table - The Malvern Observer

Masterplan for 800 homes in Newland now on the table

Malvern Editorial 2nd Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

PLANS to build one of the biggest housing and landscaping developments Malvern has ever seen have been formally submitted.

A planning application for the huge 800 home development in Newland is now in the hands of officers at Mavern Hills District Council.

The plans have been put together by developers Gleeson Developments and Welbeck Strategic Land which as well as homes also consists of business space, a care home, a mixed-use centre providing shops, community hall, police post and other buildings.

It also features 18 hectares of green space including space for a cemetery, playing fields, a multi-use games area, children’s play areas, woodland planting, allotment land and a wildlife area.

The developers say the scheme will mean an investment of more than £100 million in Malvern and will create up to 1,400 jobs.

According to its website, bosses at the district council have put an initial decision target date for February next year.

The farmyard site, situated by Lower Howsell Road, the railway line and Worcester Road, is earmarked for new housing under the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Scott Chamberlin, managing director at Gleeson, said: “We want to create a strong, healthy and vibrant new community, with new education, retail and community facilities in walking distance, with a substantial area provided as accessible open space, walking and cycling routes, leisure and sporting facilities and we will provide a full mix of new homes designed to encourage younger people and families to live and work in Malvern to balance the town’s aging population.

“The new business space will strengthen the area’s competitiveness for attracting new businesses and existing businesses looking to expand in Malvern.

“We will provide much-needed new homes for local people and our landscape-led masterplan creates a development which is in-keeping with the local character, retains and enhances the landscape features on the site and provides a significant new parkland area separating the development edge from Newland Village.”

The submission of the plans comes seven months after a consultation was held giving members of the public chance to view and have their say on the initial proposals.

But a number of residents expressed concern over the plans claiming they would potentially be infrastructure problems.

During the event Ann Rogers, of Birchwood Drive, said: “This major development will have to have cars travelling in and out and they are all going to come out by this one roundabout.”

“We are there sometimes already for about 20 minutes trying to get out, so what is it going to be like with all this new development?”

What do you think of the plans? Is this needed in Malvern? Email your views to [email protected].

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