John Thompson & Partners submits plans for Worcester green suburb in UK

10 July 2013 (Last Updated July 10th, 2013 18:30)

John Thompson & Partners (JTP) has submitted a planning application to three councils in the UK to develop a green suburb on 153ha of land to the south of Worcester.

Worcester green suburb

John Thompson & Partners (JTP) has submitted a planning application to three councils in the UK to develop a green suburb on 153ha of land to the south of Worcester.

The application was submitted on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land to Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council.

JTP has proposed a mixed-use scheme including up to 2,204 residences and a local centre that would provide a primary school, a community hub, shops, and around 14ha of ’employment land’.

Plans also include the conversion of a Grade II listed farmhouse in the local centre into offices for a Community Development Trust.

The trust’s responsibilities include managing the green space network, which will feature play areas, orchards, allotments, a Roman road and a system of swales.

JTP partner Clare San Martin said local people who came to the various community planning events cited the importance of creating a community as well as new homes.

"They stressed the important role played by meeting places and local facilities in building a community and the need to provide these from an early stage," Martin said.

"Welbeck has taken this message seriously and initiated the creation of a Community Development Trust. A lot of time has been spent carefully planning the phased delivery of facilities to serve the new community as it grows over time."

Earlier in 2013, Chichester District Council in the UK approved Shopwyke Lakes, a residential-led mixed-use scheme designed by JTP, for property development firm Hanbury Properties.

The mixed-use scheme is proposed for a previously developed site to the east of Chichester city centre, adjacent to the A27.


Image: The planning application proposes a mix of uses, including up to 2,204 residences and a local centre. Photo: Courtesy of John Thompson.