Permission sought to build homes on old factory site

PUBLISHED: 09:10 22 July 2018

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

The factory site bought by Newland Homes looks set to be converted into housing.

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A former factory faces being bulldozed to make way for 77 new homes.

Newland Homes bought the former UTC Aerospace Systems site in Claverham last year and this week submitted a planning application.

The scale of development has been reduced amid concerns from campaign group Claverham Future.

Initial ideas included building on the May Day Field and an untouched field to the north of the factory – but both ideas have been scrapped.

Instead, the 77 two, three or four-bedroom homes will be concentrated on the factory blueprint, off Bishops Road.

Associate design director for Newland Tom Sheppard said: “The proposals are very much design-led, with the attractive stone and render buildings found in the village having been a major influence.”

Claverham villagers at the start of the year voted in favour of adopting a neighbourhood plan, which outlined the old factory as an area where housing would be welcomed.

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