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Resident group forms to air views on 400 home plan on QinetiQ site

Malvern Editorial 11th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PLANS to build 400 homes on land owned by QinetiQ are set to be submitted to the district council any time now.

Developers GVA unveiled the proposals at a public meeting in July and confirmed they would officially apply for planning permission from Malvern Hills District Council by late summer.

The site, in the Chase area, is included in the development masterplan for Malvern – South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) – although the draft document only outlines 250 homes for the land.

But GVA have pointed out the Government’s Planning Inspector has called for more properties in the SWDP claiming this will likely mean about 8,590 homes will need to be built in Malvern by 2030, not 4,900 as originally expected.

The proposal also includes three hectacres worth of land for ‘high technology’ employment and 2.2 hectacres for open space.

Access will be from St. Andrew’s Road and and Longridge Road.

GVA have also stated the district council will benefit from £570,000 of New Homes Bonus from the Government courtesy of the development while Worcestershire County Council would receive £140,000.

Town Councillor Martin Lawrence who represents the Chase ward, and Rev Paul Finch from St. Andrew’s Church are keen for resident’s views to be heard on the plans.

They said: “There needs to be a balancing of the opposing views – those who see the need for more housing and those who argue that the present infrastructure would be unable to support such a development.”

GVA’s deadline for responses was the end of July, but formal public consultation will be triggered when the plans are submitted to the council.

Mr Lawrence has since formed the Resident Voices Malvern Chase action group for people to ask questions or raise points.

He said a meeting held at the start of September attended by 60 people had been informative and well-mannered, adding locals generally wanted to work with the developers.

But Mr Lawrence also said some concerns had been raised on the night particularly about the number of proposed houses on the site as well as whether the surrounding roads and infrastructure could cope with such a large development.

He urged residents to email him at martinlawrence4chase@gmail.com with any concerns or questions.

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