Sub Committee - February 2017
PSC February meeting reviewed 16 applications brought
forward from previous meetings. Two applications were
recently approved by MHDC and one, relating to 10 and 12
Priory Road, was refused.
and 12 Priory Road
surprisingly, the application for 10 and 12 Priory Road
(16/01654/FUL) was refused at the MHDC Southern Area
Planning Management Committee meeting on 15th February,
despite the site being owned by MHDC and having already
been approved in principle by councillors for sale and
development. Also, although this is a prominent historic
site next to Priory Park there were only about a dozen
formal representations from members of the public to
MHDC, four being enthusiastically supportive. Other than
MCS, no one offered properly supported reasons for
refusal. It is possible that the planners had not
intended to refuse this application until they reviewed
the MCS representations.
the MHDC's refusal appears to be linked entirely to the
restriction of views from Priory Park by an apartment
building. The implication appears to be that all other
aspects of the rejected application were considered to
be satisfactory. No doubt there will be another
application from MHDC for the same site soon.
Ann's Well Café
new applications were reviewed with just one (St. Ann's
Well Café) generating significant debate. It appears
that, for this iconic Malvern building, there is at
present no proper heritage statement or adequate
proposals for monitoring the work or materials. It was
felt to be essential that Historic England, the public
body who champion and protect historic places, should be
consulted, especially if any demolition is contemplated.
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service should
also be consulted.
in the meeting, PSC heard a suggestion by David Gowan
that car parking problems in Malvern should fall within
the remit of the PSC. Members' views varied on this
point. He outlined a range of issues that the PSC might
consider and actions that might be taken to improve
parking in Malvern. All present were aware that MHDC
intends to develop a new five year strategy for on and
off street parking. Organisations and individuals had
been invited to comment during a four week consultation
which ran until Monday, 6th March. Bob Tilley offered to
prepare a response to the survey on behalf of MCS,
taking account of David's comments.
of Planning Sub-Committee