Council wins fight to protect important green space in Malvern

An appeal against Malvern Hills District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to build 150 homes on Hayslan Fields has been rejected.

Planning Inspector Jane Miles dismissed arguments made by applicant Barwood Strategic Land LLP that the development should be allowed because the council had failed to demonstrate the district had a five year supply of land for housing.

She recognised the adoption of the South Worcestershire Development Plan earlier in the year and said as a result the application had to be considered in line with its policies.

It was also ruled that the building of new homes on the land would not outweigh the substantial harm to the environment, the character of the area or the loss of green space

Gary Williams, Head of Planning and Housing for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are delighted with the inspector’s decision to uphold the council’s refusal of planning permission to develop land at Hayslan Fields.

“It is very encouraging the inspector accepted the status and weight to be afforded to the recently adopted South Worcestershire Development Plan and firmly rejected suggestions the council could not evidence a five year housing land supply. The inspector recognised how important this area of green space is to the local community and to the character of the town.

“She also very helpfully confirmed that even if the council had not been able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply, she would still have given weight to local planning policy that protects important green space and would have found that the adverse impacts of the development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”