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Developer moves to allay fears over housing scheme on former industrial site

The developer behind plans to demolish an industrial building to make way for a housing scheme has moved to allay residents’ fears over their planning application. Lockley Homes wants to build eight three-storey buildings in Pope Iron Road in Worcester but the plans have raised a number of objections from neighbours who say they are concerned the buildings would lead to parking issues and a loss of privacy and sunlight.

Karl Lockley, joint managing director of Lockley Homes, said the original plan for Victorian and Georgian-style homes was altered to fit in with the homes in Gheluvelt Mews and the council suggested the L-shape to allow more sunlight into the street.

Mr Lockley said he sympathised with residents over parking issues but said that lorries had been regularly using the streets to make deliveries to the factory where the homes would sit.

He said: “By using this site for housing, this has alleviated this particular issue, and we would also point out that for visitors to the street, there is a public car park with more than 20 spaces in Waterworks Road which is close to Pope Iron Road."

The plans are due to be considered by Worcester City Council planning committee on Thursday 24 October.