MP secures pledge against plans

By Rob George Friday 29 June 2012 Updated: 06/09 09:28

DROITWICH'S MP Peter Luff has welcomed a reassurance from Wychavon District Council that the authority would continue to oppose plans for more than 800 homes at Yew Tree Hill.

Mr Luff contacted the authority after being inundated by a large number of letters and emails from concerned town residents.

He had previously expressed opposition to further development in the area and repeated his opposition to the plans which

would see 800 homes and an retirement 'village' built on 109 acres of land.

In his letter to the council’s senior planning officer Giorgio Framalicco, Mr Luff called on the council to state it's position, especially as plans for 740 homes in Copcut were approved.

"Further development at Yew Tree Hill would seriously overload local infrastructure, be environmentally destructive and lead to unacceptable increases in traffic through communities like Tibberton.

"I hope the town council may now look at the provisions of the Localism Act to see what more can be done to protect this site, as Wychavon suggests," Mr Luff added.

In reply, Mr Framalicco said the council would continue to oppose development at Yew Tree Hill and that this firmly declared position had not been robustly challenged from a planning or technical perspective.

"With regard to Yew Tree Hill, I am fully aware of the sensitivities regarding development there," he said.

"In terms of the statutory local plan process, the land was not put forward as a suggested housing allocation in the South Worcestershire Development Plan Preferred Options (SWDPL).

"If the SWDP is adopted, and published as currently drafted, the land at Yew Tree Hill will remain outside the development boundary where there would be no presumption in favour of development.

"Over the years this has been sufficient to resist speculative planning proposals for inappropriate development," he added.

Members of Wychavon District Council will meet on Tuesday (July 3) to discuss the revisions to the South Worcestershire

Development Plan (SWDP).

Among the changes being proposed is the removal of the proposed use of land around the British Legion building in Wychbold for housing in favour of a new site on Crown Lane.

If the revisions are approved then a further public consultation will be help on the altered plans before the SWDP is formally approved next year.

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