Mitton Marsh play provision
In August 2015 we conducted a public consultation on proposals for a new play area and public open space on land to the south of Mill Road in Stourport-on-Severn.
During the consultation period, which ended on Friday 4 September, we received a number of comments from local residents and since then we have been looking closely at this feedback, in conjunction with Wyre Forest District Council, with a view to deciding our next steps. The results of our consultation can be summarised as follows:
- We distributed 287 newsletters to properties in the immediate vicinity of the site and received 24 responses, either in the post, by email or via the Taylor Wimpey website.
- Of the 24 replies, 16 (67%) were either opposed to or expressed serious concerns about the proposals with only five people (21%) in support of the scheme.
- The key concerns raised can be summarised as:
- The unsuitability of the site for public leisure use because of flood risk from the River Stour.
- The potential disturbance caused to neighbouring residents and members of the local angling club.
- The possible negative impact of the scheme on wildlife habitats.
- The potential for the scheme to worsen existing parking and traffic problems in the area.
We remain committed to engaging positively with local communities and, having reviewed the feedback received during this public consultation, it would seem that the majority of those contacted may not support the provision of a new play area and public open space on this site.
As part of our ongoing dialogue with Wyre Forest District Council and recognising that our original planning permission requires us to address the issue of play area provision, we have begun exploring alternative options with the Council which may result in a financial contribution being made towards improving existing play facilities in the local area rather than the provision of brand new amenities at Mitton Park.
Any changes to the original on-site proposal may require formal revision to the original agreement that was made at the time of granting planning permission and the Council may be required to carry out further consultation with you before making a final decision.
If you have any queries about our proposals you can get in touch via the 'Email us' link at the top of this page.