PLANS to build new homes in a Tenbury garden have drawn objections from neighbours and the town council, who claim the land floods.

The application for two homes to be built on a garden at Tenbury's Belle Orchard House, in Bell Yard, has been submitted to Malvern Hills District Council.

In a design and access statement, the applicants said the proposal is to build two detached three-bedroom homes on the site, which is currently used as a garden and vegetable plot.

A previous application for three houses to be built on the plot was refused in July 2023, with planners finding that the design and character of the proposed homes was not "sympathetic" to the conservation, while the "cramped layout" would lead to pressure to remove trees.

The proposed gardens would also be almost wholly in shade to due to existing tree canopy, while the development would have an "overbearing impact" on neighbouring Pembroke Court.

Previous to that, an application to build four homes on the site was withdrawn in 2022.

The new application said the homes have been designed "to a domestic scale" to avoid dominating single-storey homes and bungalows, while also remaining subservient to Belle Orchard House itself.

The homes would be constructed with red facing brick walls and plain tiled roofs, the statement said, while external doors and windows would be made of wood.

But a number of comments and objections have been left by neighbours, including the town council, which said the area floods, that it has poor access and insufficient access for lorries, and no sustainable drainage plan had been submitted.

Neighbour Nicola Griffiths said the land is affected by flooding from the Kyre Brook, and that she feared building on it would increase the risk of her own property flooding.

Flooding was also a concern to other objectors including fellow neighbour George Munro, who also questioned the design of the homes, which he said was "out of keeping", among other concerns.

Further concerns were raised about access to the site, along the town's Pembroke Avenue, with objectors including Chris Fletcher, who said he feared trucks and heavy machinery would worsen congestion.

Comments have now closed on the application, which is yet to be decided on.