Controversial plan to build 70 homes next to Upton Marina resurfaces

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a number of new homes next to Upton Marina have resurfaced.

The application would see 70 homes built on land north of Upton Marina under plans by Upton Marina Ltd.

Plans include 33 two-bed, 20 three-bed and 17 four-bed houses and would include a new playground and community orchard on what is currently seven acres of scrubland.

The land allocated to the houses is in the Environment Agency’s flood zone one – which has a low probability of flooding – compared to Upton Marina and the River Severn which are in flood zone two and three.

Assessments carried out before the application was submitted indicated that the new homes “would not be at risk of flooding or increasing risks elsewhere”.

A similar plan for 70 homes was rejected by Malvern Hills District Council in 2013 but was later allowed to go ahead after the decision was overturned by a government planning inspector.

It was then re-proposed and approved in principle by municipal developers in 2019.

The time to then submit a reserved request, which deals with the final layout and style of the houses, has passed, resulting in the final request.

The land was set aside for housing in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in 2016.

A statement attached to the application read: ‘The proposal will provide sustainable residential development, creating a high quality and distinctive environment of appropriate density and scale.

“The Applicant has sought to demonstrate through this Application Sketch that the future built form will adopt key urban design principles to ensure that the future community will have a high quality environment in which to live, including a design of quality, open spaces and a mix of tenures accessible to all members of the community.

“The program will also fit well into its surrounding context and will not create any significant negative traffic generation issues or impact on existing residential properties.”

You can give your opinion on the plan by visiting the Malvern Hills District Council website.

The request number is M/22/00883/OUT and the consultation closes on August 19.

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