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More homes on the table in Leigh Sinton

Malvern Editorial 21st May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FRESH fears have been raised in Leigh Sinton after a proposal for another large-scale development in the area was submitted to the district council.

Applicant Wolverley Homes Ltd has put forward plans to construct 32 homes on Elmhurst Farm in the village but concerns over ‘creeping urbanisation’ have been brought up.

The site, which has been used for agriculture and to grow Christmas trees, lies within the ‘significant gap’ between Leigh Sinton and Malvern and is the last remaining plot of land which can be developed along that stretch of the A4103.

Plans are yet to be discussed at a Leigh and Bransford Parish Council meeting and while not being able to speak specifically about the 32 homes, chairman Stephen Seymour said any major developments would be fought against.

“The parish council is opposed to any large scale developments in the village as we regard it as creeping urbanisation of rural communities,” he said.

“We are also opposed to any encroachment into the significant gap between Malvern and Leigh Sinton, this new development is in the significant gap.

“We have also raised concerns regarding the other development at Elmhurst Farm – one of which was the safety aspect of the high pressure gas main running through the site.”

The proposals, which would include 40 per cent affordable homes, come after a controversial bid to build 35 houses on the same site was passed through on appeal.

Malvern Hills District Council’s Northern Area Committee had originally refused that application.

The proposed new development will be discussed at the parish council meeting on Tuesday, May 26, at Leigh and Bransford Memorial Hall.

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