RESIDENTS are “dismayed” that fresh plans to build on green space have been submitted just months after a similar application was rejected.

Homeowners in and around Cherry Close, Droitwich, previously campaigned against AUM Empire Ltd’s proposal to build a single extra home, which they claimed would “irrevocably change” the character of the cul-de-sac.

Wychavon District Council agreed and the application – which included the felling of several mature trees – was rejected last August.

The planning committee cited the South Worcestershire Development Plan in its decision, which states new residential developments must make the best use of land and respect the character.

It also said the new property would abut the rear boundary of homes on Cockshute Hill and would provide insufficient off-street parking.

However, the same developers submitted a new application on the same land in December, with alterations including the felling of only one tree and the planting of two new ones.

Speaking on behalf of residents, Tony Jones said he and his neighbours were “dismayed” to discover “the same developers have submitted a new application to build on the same land”.

“They say that only one of the trees will be felled but it is difficult to see how the remaining trees will be unaffected by the proposed building work,” he continued.

“A large section of the green space would be lost forever.

“Cherry Close is a mature area – any building on this piece of land would irrevocably change the character of the Close.”

He went on to say, in light of the major housing developments currently in progress less than a mile away, “there can be no pressing need for one more house to built here”.

“As the SWDP has not been amended it is difficult to see how Wychavon District Council could allow this application to succeed,” he added.

A public consultation regarding the application closed on February 6.

Architect and agent Devan Mistry has been contacted for comment.