New calls to reject plans for 130 homes in Newland Meadow

PLANS for 130 new homes on the outskirts of Malvern could be rejected after even more objections.

The developers want to put up the new homes at Newland Meadow in addition to more than 800 homes already approved.

Despite this, hundreds of responses have been received, many of which oppose the plans.

Earlier this month Newland Parish Council submitted an official response calling for the ‘inappropriate’ plans to be dropped.

The council’s response said: ‘Newland Parish Council wishes to oppose this claim, which is considered to be unfounded, inappropriate and incorrect in many of the proposals put forward by the claimant and urges that it be dismissed.’

Following this, the response from Malvern Hills District Council’s natural heritage and biodiversity officer said there was a lack of information in the plans about the loss of the site’s natural habitat.

Their response stated: “If additional information regarding this habitat cannot be provided, its absence could be considered grounds for refusal.

“The loss of any very high distinctiveness habitat is not advocated.”

Over 200 people responded to the plans for the houses on Newland Grange.

Many have objected to the site plan for the green field, off Stocks Lane, saying it is a rare, species-rich and biodiverse grassland of national significance.

The site is home to wildlife, including red kites, greenfinches and swifts, which are a high conservation priority.

We have already reported how there are major concerns about the crayfish population in the area.

The plan for homes in Newland Meadow comes after Malvern Hills District Council approved plans for 850 homes earlier this year.

Critics say the land is rich in wildflowers and wildlife and needs to be protected.

To see plans and responses in full go to

Chris B. Hall