Plans for 130 new homes in Newland Meadow could be pushed back

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build 130 new homes near Malvern could be pushed back.

Developers want to build the new homes at Newland Meadow, but a response from Worcestershire County Council’s departments for strategic planning, historic environment and ecology calls for it to be postponed.

This is due to concerns about the impact of the site, just off Stocks Lane, on the natural environment and its impact on wildlife.

In its submission, the council said: “Worcestershire County Council recommends that this application be deferred until the ecological and archaeological issues are resolved.”

In her response section, Transport Planning and Planning Manager Emily Barker wrote that there was insufficient information in the developer’s heritage assessment to properly assess the natural significance. ground.

She wrote: “In my opinion, there is insufficient information to determine the nature and significance of the archeology at this site and therefore the impact cannot be determined in accordance with paragraph 194 of the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework).

“As a minimum, a geophysical survey should be undertaken, possibly supplemented by a test trench assessment depending on the results of the geophysics.

“The District Archeology and Planning Officer should be consulted for a detailed response, and I recommend that the request not be determined until further information is provided.”

More than 160 people responded to the plans for the construction of 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 the plans and responses in full, go to https://plan.malvernhills.gov.uk/Planning/Display/M/22/00043/OUT

Chris B. Hall