New hope for Yew Tree Hill campaigners

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS fighting housing plans for the south of Droitwich have been boosted with news that land at Yew Tree Hill could be saved from developers.

A response to Droitwich Spa Town Council’s planning committee chairman, Councillor Roy Murphy, from Government Planning Minister Nick Boles has given hope that potential development plans for the area could be safely rejected.

Councillor Murphy had written to the minister to express concern at the prospect of further unwanted housing development to the south of the town.

People living near Yew Tree Hill and members of campaign group Save Our Green Open Space (SOGOS) are against plans to build around 800 homes at the site.

Two applications are set to be discussed by Wychavon District Council’s planning chiefs on May 16.

Barberry Droitwich Ltd has submitted plans for its 500-home Yew Tree Village scheme, which includes an indoor bowls facility, while Persimmon Homes has applied to build around 260 other houses near the same location.

Planners have already approved land at Copcut Lane, Droitwich, to provide additional housing for the town in the period to 2030.

The town council now feared that, despite the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan, planning permission would be granted to these further large scale developments on the edge of Droitwich.

However, in his response to Councillor Murphy, Mr Boles acknowledged that the development plan could already be considered as it was ready for submission to the Secretary of State prior to public examination in the summer.

Councillor Murphy said: “Whilst we still have a long way to go before the local development plan receives final approval, I believe that the minster's letter does give some hope that we may be able to resist pressure from developers for further unwanted and unneeded housing development to the south of our town.”

In a letter to the town’s MP, Peter Luff, Mr Boles has also agreed to visit the district to discuss these and other planning issues with local planning chiefs.

Councillor Murphy said that he would look forward to the visit and the opportunity to discuss the town’s planning concerns with Mr Boles directly.

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4:20pm Thu 2 May 13

SJFerry says...

Having seen the full text of the letter from Mr Boles, I am less confident than Councillor Murphy that Yew Tree Hill is any safer.
The two applications are to be heard by the Wychavon Planning Committee at 2pm on the 16th May at the Council Offices at Pershore and I would urge as many people as possible to attend. This is a huge decision affecting the residents of Droitwich Spa and the surrounding area - we must ensure that our elected representatives take our feelings and concerns into consideration when they make their decision.
Anyone wanting further information is urged to visit the Save Yew Tree Hill website for details. (www.saveyewtreehill
.org.uk
Having seen the full text of the letter from Mr Boles, I am less confident than Councillor Murphy that Yew Tree Hill is any safer. The two applications are to be heard by the Wychavon Planning Committee at 2pm on the 16th May at the Council Offices at Pershore and I would urge as many people as possible to attend. This is a huge decision affecting the residents of Droitwich Spa and the surrounding area - we must ensure that our elected representatives take our feelings and concerns into consideration when they make their decision. Anyone wanting further information is urged to visit the Save Yew Tree Hill website for details. (www.saveyewtreehill .org.uk SJFerry
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7:04pm Fri 3 May 13

Harland says...

Development on this green site is preposterous. Additional housing along with the already approved Copcut scheme will mean overcrowding of our roads resulting in country lanes being used as Rat Runs through Tibberton and other local villages. Our voted councillors need to think long and hard about considering this application. Greedy developers only concerned with profit will be long gone leaving the people of Droitwich to suffer for many years to come. And remember there is no going back!
Development on this green site is preposterous. Additional housing along with the already approved Copcut scheme will mean overcrowding of our roads resulting in country lanes being used as Rat Runs through Tibberton and other local villages. Our voted councillors need to think long and hard about considering this application. Greedy developers only concerned with profit will be long gone leaving the people of Droitwich to suffer for many years to come. And remember there is no going back! Harland
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