Council issues notices to Persimmon Homes to stop building works temporarily at Malvern site

Building works at a housing development in Malvern has been forced to temporarily stop due to the developer breaching planning permission conditions.

Malvern Hills District Council served an Enforcement Notice and a Temporary Stop Notice on Persimmon Homes on 8 October 2020.

The development, which is for 310 homes on the former QinetiQ site off St Andrews Road, was granted planning permission on 6 September 2019.

The council had approved a number of conditions before work could take place which allowed the developer to carry out site clearance and demolition works, which started earlier this year.

However, the council became aware that building works had progressed beyond this stage. Construction work has been carried out in breach of a number of planning conditions covering a range of technical and environmental matters.

The notices require any work on the land (excluding site clearance and demolition) to stop immediately. Work can only begin again once certain conditions of the planning permission have been approved in writing by Malvern Hills District Council. Tree protection measures also need to be put in place.

Since the notices were issued, work on the site has stopped and Persimmon Homes is in discussion with the council to resolve the situation.

Cllr David Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Flooding at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "The district council takes all breaches of planning control very seriously especially breaches of planning conditions. It is not acceptable for a well established housebuilder or indeed any other developer- that should be aware of planning procedures and understand the importance of planning conditions- to carry out a development before conditions have properly been met. I hope this sends out a strong message to all developers operating in our area that we will not hesitate to take formal action where it is in the public interest to do so".

Extra Information:

Planning permission ref 18/01088/FUL for the development of this site to include 310 dwellings was granted on 6 September 2019.

The Enforcement Notice and Temporary Stop Notice were served in respect of a breach of conditions 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 24 and 37. In respect of condition 37, tree protection measures are to be implemented. Also, in respect of condition 15, the hardstanding is required to be removed to allow tree soil cells.

The planning application details are available on Malvern Hills District Council's website.

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