AFTER a public exhibition to give residents a look at the proposals for the Raven Hotel site, Droitwich mayor Councillor Bob Brookes is chairing a public meeting with the developer’s design team on Thursday, July 10 at the council chamber to let people have one last say on the subject before it goes in front of the planning committee.

Coun Brookes said: “This development in the centre of our town will shape its future for the next 100 years. This is the very last opportunity to discuss the current proposals before the planning application is considered by Wychavon District Council's Planning Committee."

Paul Karakashian from the Droitwich Preservation Trust, added: “I’m appalled at it. They’re like something out of the Eastern block. I don’t particularly care what goes on behind the facades, but they really are appalling. When I think of Bruges, and how they won’t allow any new development to take place that will damage the atmosphere, and we destroy it bit by bit.

“If you start putting up buildings that look like the Eastern block in an old town you absolutely ruin it. I think they’ve got it wrong, so they seem to be putting up cheaper units and more units to get around the problem. They’re trying to save money and they’re going to ruin Droitwich.”

The meeting begins at 6pm and will have limited space, so people are advised to arrive early. Members of the public can add their comments on the planning application on the Wychavon District Council website under Ref. No. W/13/02538/PN.