Independent housing developer, Lockley Homes, has announced its intention to appeal the rejected plans for new housing development in Malvern Road, Worcester.
The Worcestershire and Warwickshire-based luxury housebuilder had intended to deliver a mix of 3-bedroom bungalows and six 2-bed apartments on land next to Stanhope Care Home before plans were rejected by local planners.
Commenting on the decision, Joint managing director Karl Lockley said: “It’s a shame the councillors chose to ignore the advice of their professionally qualified planning department officers who had recommended approval of our scheme.
“One of the reasons given was objections locally and a ‘lack of consultation’.
“Lockley Homes has worked tirelessly with the surrounding neighbours to evolve the scheme from the original design to something sympathetic to the neighbouring residents.”
The initially submitted plan for Malvern Road involved the demolition of existing property ‘Mayfield’ and its garden area. The garden area appears to be the stumbling block that has caused councillors to refuse the plans.
Mr Lockley highlighted the significance of the garden area to the plans, adding: “One of the reasons given for refusal by one councillor was that giving permission for our Malvern Road proposal would mean that any property in the city with a large garden could potentially be used for [the] development of several homes.
“Another councillor, who voted in favour of our proposal, said he would prefer to see existing space within the city used rather than concrete over green space around the edge of Worcester.
“Given the pressure on every local authority in the UK to provide space for development, does it not make sense to use first the available space within a built environment?”
Lockley Homes is also currently developing a luxury 10-home development in Kingsbrooke (featured image).