Welbeck Strategic Land has secured a resolution to grant outline planning consent for a new urban extension in South Worcester having been advised on real estate and planning issues by international legal practice Osborne Clarke.

Due to the location and size of the scheme, over 333 acres which spanned three districts, Welbeck and its professional team has worked to secure planning consent from three councils, including Wychavon District Council and Worcester City Council before concluding with the final planning committee at Malvern Hills District Council on 7 March.

The urban extension will include 2,204 new homes alongside a neighbourhood centre with a primary school, shops, a health centre, care home, community facilities and space for a range of new businesses.  The proposal includes a link to the area’s agricultural past which will be maintained by focusing the local centre around the historic farm buildings of Middle Broomhall Farm.

Alistair Watson, managing director of Welbeck Strategic Land, comments: “This was a challenging project which involved multiple landowners, three District Councils and numerous stakeholders. We are delighted that, after five years of planning negotiations and community engagement  members  have resolved to grant consent. Our strategic land promotion business goes from strength to strength and we have recently secured another £20 million of institutional funding to promote land for housing in the south of England. Our existing portfolio comprises circa 20,000 plots in over 50 locations’.

John Baird, Planning Partner at Osborne Clarke who advised Welbeck Strategic Land, comments: “We are delighted to have advised Welbeck on this application and its  approval by the three local authorities. The application raised a number of complex infrastructure and affordable housing issues due to its size and will make a significant contribution to much needed housing provision in South Worcestershire.”

Partner John Baird and Senior Associate Anna Harlow from Osborne Clarke advised on the transaction.

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