CONCERNS have been raised over an outline planning application to build 140 homes in Kempsey which has been tipped for approval by officers ahead of its decision meeting.
The suggested development proposed by land promoters, Hallam Land Management, could comprise of up to 140 dwellings, with up to 40 per cent affordable housing provision on the southern edge of Kempsey with access via Main Road (A38).
A decision will be made on the application at Malvern Hills District Council’s north area planning committee meeting on Wednesday, February 7.
Alongside the homes, the 8.43 hectare site has earmarked an area of land for the development of primary education facilities, as well as green spaces and walking connections to the wider countryside.
As this is an outline planning application submitted by a land manager, if approved the site would need to be purchased and then utilised based on the planning agreements with reserved matters established.
During consultation, concerns were raised by Kempsey Parish Council around education provision for new residents and a strain on local services following an increase in population for the small village.
The parish council ultimately remained firm on their position to object the planning application, citing a need for the Education Authority to make a commitment to the development of local school provisions among other stipulations.
Worcestershire County Council’s Education Authority have said current primary education provision in the region would lead to a deficit of 20 places at Kempsey Primary School, based on forecasts of new family’s moving into the development.
However, a contribution from developer to build a two-form expansion of the primary school could alleviate concerns at a cost of £13.7 million, based on projections if built in quarter 4 – 2025.
The Education Authority said it would have to object to the proposals if no obligatory contributions were made towards primary education provision or a home to school transport scheme to allow children to attend nearby but otherwise inaccessible schools.
In the last five to 6 six years, Kempsey has seen the development of over 400 new homes while local infrastructure and services have failed to keep up.
Bus services in the region are inadequate and are being further reduced and public health services are few and far between with only one GP and no dentist in the village.
Local grocery provisions are also limited.