1. Residential Development

Residential Development sites H2 – H13 Allocated by Policy DS5

Additional information on the allocated housing sites is available from the Housing Background paper (BP2) prepared for the Local Plan Inquiry in 2005.

Site H.2 - Brooklyn Ford Garage, Worcester Road, Malvern

The site is 0.34 hectares in size and is situated within the Malvern Trinity Conservation Area but is also adjacent to the Malvern Link Conservation Area. A car showroom and petrol garage accessed from Worcester Road previously occupied the site together with a dwelling (207 Worcester Road) which should be retained as part of any redevelopment. Surrounding uses include residential properties to the rear of the site and various commercial occupants in former residential properties. The site is well located in relation to nearby shops, services and public transport including Malvern Link railway station, which is 150 metres away.

Planning consent was granted in October 2003 for the redevelopment of the site to residential use consisting of a sheltered housing scheme, subject to a Section 106 agreement. Given its accessible location, the site is deemed suitable for a high density development of this nature. Planning permission was subsequently issued for 49 dwellings, which were all recorded as being under construction at 1st April 2004 as indicated in Policy DS6 above. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 141 of his Report.

The sites prominent corner position and location within a Conservation Area means that a high quality design, which reflects the character of the surrounding area is essential. The retention of the existing Edwardian house (207 Worcester Road) is also required as part of any redevelopment scheme. The location of the site opposite an area of common land combined with the size of the site may allow for part of the open space provision required under Policy CN12 to be in the form of developer contributions to off-site provision elsewhere within the urban area. Developer contributions will also be required to assist in improving the public transport facilities in the vicinity.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to development taking place. A low pressure gas main runs along Worcester Road.

Site H.3 - Former Railway Sidings, Peachfield Road, Malvern

This 0.8 hectare site forms part of a narrow strip of land located between the railway line and the
Fruitlands housing estate and is accessed from Peachfield Road. The site extends from the rear of
44 Peachfield Close to the rear of 17 Chesnut Drive and is currently being used for open storage.
It is anticipated that this site could accommodate around 15 dwellings. The configuration of the site
will require an innovative approach to the design and layout of new development with particular
attention being paid to the aspect of residential units, given the proximity of the railway line. The
development will need to take account of the amenity of existing residents and be sensitively
designed to reflect the setting of the site.
The principal access to the site should continue to be from Peachfield Road. In view of the proximity
of the site to Malvern Common, consideration can be given to some of the open space required under
Policy CN12 to be met by developer contributions to off-site provision elsewhere in the urban area.
The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused
land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to development taking place.
A low pressure gas main runs along Peachfield Road. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments
on this site on page 142 of his Report.

Site H.4 - Lower Howsell Road, Malvern

This 0.13 hectare site which is currently vacant was formerly the site of a public house which has since been demolished. The site is located between Summerfield House, a large private dwelling set in a large garden and some disused allotments. The rear of the site backs onto the gardens of a row of terraced houses in Vandra Close.

Having regard to the character and density of development in the area surrounding the site, it is estimated that the site could accommodate 6 dwellings. Careful consideration should be given to the design and layout of any development proposal given the proximity of existing houses to the rear of the site.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to development taking place. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 143 of his Report.

Site H.5 - Former Garage Site, Worcester Road, Malvern

This 0.49 hectare site fronts Worcester Road and was formerly used as a car showroom and garage but is now vacant. The site is located within the Malvern Link Conservation Area and includes a former dwelling house currently in office use. The neighbouring properties fronting Worcester Road and to the rear of the site are predominantly residential in nature. The site is located in Malvern well located for the shops and services located within Malvern Link and is 650 metres from Malvern Link station.

The site is suitable for a mixed use housing and retail development (Classes C3 and A1). Policy DS5, allocates the site with an indicative capacity of 10 dwellings. As stated in the Reasoned Justification to Policy EP9, the retail element of the mixed use allocation will need to comply with the criteria in Policy EP9 (Town and District Centres). The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on pages  143-144 of his Report.

The position of the site on the main road frontage and its location within a Conservation Area requires the new development to be of a high standard of design, which relates and integrates well with its surroundings. Worcester Road is lined with mature trees which are the subject of a Tree Preservation Order and which are considered to be important to the visual quality of the area.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study is undertaken prior to any development taking place. A low pressure gas main runs along Worcester Road.

Site H.6 - Former Garage Site, Newtown Road, Malvern

Located within an existing residential area, this 0.27 hectare site was formerly a garage and car showroom. The site has frontages onto both Nursery Road and Newtown Road. The site is currently occupied by a number of workshop buildings although none are considered suitable for conversion to residential use.

Given the character of the surrounding area, the site is considered suitable for 8 new dwellings. New development proposals should take account of the amenity of surrounding residents and particular attention should be paid to building heights given the way the site slopes from east to west. The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to any development. A low pressure gas main runs along Upper Howsell Road and Nursery Road. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 145 of his Report.

Site H.7 - Former Laundry, Yates Hay Road, Malvern

This 0.65 hectare site was granted planning permission in 2003 for 38 dwellings subject to a Section 106 agreement. Much of the site was previously occupied by laundry buildings, which have now been demolished. The site is located within an established residential area comprising of a mix of small Victorian and modern style dwellings. The site abuts the Somers Park School playing fields to the south.

The Section 106 agreement makes provision for affordable housing units and open space. Planning permission was subsequently issued for 38 dwellings in October 2003, which were recorded at 1st April 2004 as all being committed (20 under construction and 18 outstanding) as indicated in Policy DS6 above. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 146 of his Report.

Site H.8 - Worcester Road/Zetland Road, Malvern

This site consists of a large three storey brick building which is partly occupied by a motorcycle showroom and workshop. The site is located on a steep gradient with access being on two levels – a higher access from Worcester Road and a lower entrance off Zetland Road. A small car parking area is located to the rear of the building on Zetland Road. The majority of the building is now vacant and in a poor state of repair.

The site, located within the Great Malvern Conservation Area, has previously been the subject of a planning application for conversion into residential use. The District Council accepts this type of development as being appropriate for both the site and building.

It is suggested that development proposals allow for access to the site from Zetland Road. Given the limited capacity of the site and its accessible location, the District Council will consider being flexible in applying its car parking standards.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to any development. A low pressure gas main runs along Worcester Road. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 147 of his Report.

Site H.9 - Mill Farm, Guarlford Road, Malvern

Mill Farm is a working farm fronting Guarlford Road and enclosed by surrounding residential development. The site consists of a mixture of traditional farm buildings (some of which are listed) fronting Guarlford Road and a number of modern steel-framed farm buildings located towards the rear of the site. Planning permission was granted for the conversion of the traditional farm buildings to 8 residential units in November 2001 and outline consent was granted in July 2002 for residential development on the remainder of the site, which is considered suitable for accommodating 12 dwellings. At 1st April 2004 as indicated in Policy DS6 above, the site was recorded as being outstanding (planning permission issued ref 02/00526/OUT). The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 148 of his Report.

The design of any new development must take account of the setting of the adjacent listed buildings. Existing vegetation to the west of the site should be retained where appropriate.

The Highways Authority has suggested that the existing site access should be modified and improved as part of any future development proposals. The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to any development. A low pressure gas main runs along Guarlford Road.

Site H.10 - Hospital Site, Lansdowne Crescent, Malvern

The site is currently occupied by a large Victorian building used as Malvern General Hospital and is located within the Great Malvern Conservation Area. Whilst the building is not listed, it is built in traditional Malvern stone and has some architectural merit.

The allocation of the site envisages that the building is capable of being converted into 15 dwellings, subject to implementation of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust’s proposed relocation of the hospital to an alternative site at Seaford Court, Worcester Road, Malvern (See policy EP20). Entrance to the site is from Lansdowne Crescent, an attractive cul de sac of residential properties, which contains a number of mature trees. The rear site boundary is adjacent to the Manor Park club house and sports ground and is lined with mature trees and vegetation.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to any development. A low pressure gas main runs along Barnards Green Road and Lansdowne Crescent. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 150 of his Report. In addition, since the close of the Local Plan Inquiry, the Council has adopted a Supplementary Planning Document for this site (Lansdowne Crescent Concept Statement) in April 2006. This provides more detail on issues of relevance relating to the sites redevelopment and can be downloaded from MHDC’s web site, or obtained from Planning Services.

Site H.11 - Former Treasurers Site, Albert Road North, Malvern

The site of 1.41 hectares, currently in the ownership of the District Council, is located within the Great Malvern Conservation Area between Albert Road North and Victoria Road. It is on two levels with a steep drop to the lower part of the site accessed from Albert Road North. The upper level is used as a public car park whilst the lower level is used as a private car park.

The site contains a number of mature trees and is set within an area containing a mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses. Given the location of the site within a Conservation Area and the character and density of development of the surrounding area, the site is considered to be appropriate for a low density development of 20 dwellings.

The District Council considers that the site is of particular importance given its location in a prominent position adjacent to the town centre and within the Conservation Area. Special attention should be paid to both preserving and enhancing the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and to the building line, layouts and heights of existing buildings. The layout should aim to retain the existing trees within the site and incorporate new landscaping appropriate to the site and which enhances the area.

Due to the location of the site in relation to the town centre of Great Malvern, the provision of car parking spaces lower than the standards usually applied by the District Council will be considered. The Highways Authority has recommended that the junction at Church Street and Albert Road North be improved to accommodate development of this scale.

The Environment Agency has stated that historic activity on or adjacent to the site may have caused land contamination. They recommend that a study be undertaken prior to any development. In addition they recommend that the surface water run-off from the development should be no greater than the present rates as this would be likely to worsen watercourse flooding downstream. A low pressure gas main runs along Albert Road North. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 151 of his Report.

Site H.12 The QinetiQ S&T Site, Malvern.

This 0.6ha site includes two existing red brick detached buildings previously used for QinetiQ activities and a visitor parking area, is considered suitable for residential purposes.

Based on the nature of the surrounding housing it is considered that approximately 30 dwellings could be constructed on this site. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 151 of his Report.

Consideration should be given to the conversion of the existing buildings on the site and appropriate landscaping including the retention of trees - where appropriate fronting onto St Andrews Road will be required.

Prior to the granting of planning permission, the District Council will have to be satisfied that suitable replacement visitor parking arrangements are in place to cater for the loss of the visitor parking for QinetiQ from this site.

Given the physical and historical association of this site with the Malvern Hills Science Park (E.3) and the QinetiQ South (E.4) any development of this site should be considered in conjunction with redevelopment proposals for sites E.3 and E.4. This is particularly important in relation to off site highway improvements and traffic mitigation measures.

H.13 The Barrack Store Site, Court Road, Malvern.

This 0.8ha site is located to the rear of residential properties fronting Court Road and is an area of previously developed land which is currently vacant.

The District Council considers that the site is suitable for residential purposes. Given the elongated nature of the site and the need to protect and enhance the adjacent urban green space of the Malvern College Playing Fields, it is considered that residential development of around 30 dwellings could be accommodated. The Local Plan Inspector provides comments on this site on page 151 of his Report.

Given the physical and historical association of this site with the Malvern Hills Science Park (E.3) and the QinetiQ South (E.4) any development of this site should be considered in conjunction with redevelopment proposals for sites E.3 and E.4. This is particularly important in relation to off site highway improvements and traffic mitigation measures.

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