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Residents slam Great Malvern apartments bid

Malvern Editorial 18th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN ‘OUT of touch’ development planned for Great Malvern has been slammed by neighbouring residents.

BPL Architecture has submitted proposals to demolish the Northcot property on Como Road and build a block of 11 apartments.

But residents have hit out at the plans, saying the homes would be too dense, block natural sunlight and be out of character in the Malvern Conservation area.

Gerry Nash, of Como Road, told The Observer his ‘beautiful’ view of the Malvern Hills would vanish.

“It is horrible and completely overpowering,” he said. “The sunshine I am enjoying now will also disappear.

“I have lived here for two years and I would not have bought this place had I known something like this would be put here.

“You will have an increased density of traffic that will have to get out onto Como Road and anyone going down the road won’t be able to be on the left hand side because of the parking already there.

“I think it will spoil the whole nature of the town, it is a lovely town and it is very Victorian.

“It is a spa town and putting up blocks of apartments is not in keeping with a spa town as pretty as Malvern.

“This apartment block is completely out of touch with what is immediately in this area.”

Bob Tilley, of Albert Road North, also said he was disappointed the ‘historic’ Myrtles spring at the site had been lost due to work on the land.

“The larger rear extension is too large and too high,” he added.

“The development conflicts with the present Great Malvern Conservation area policy for large widely spaced properties similar to those neighbouring this site.

“The Myrtles spring should be reinstated and preserved and the site drainage problems resolved.”

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