PLANS for a new ‘super village’ have taken a step closer to being a reality.

Wychavon District Council delegated authority on Thursday for a 2204 homes plan Malvern Hills District Council, with most of the development lying within their boundary.

In 2013, an application was submitted for a £500 million development including 2,204 homes, a hotel, shops, primary school, health surgery, businesses, sports centre, parks, allotments and acres of open space between the St Peter’s area of Worcester and Kempsey, as well as areas near Norton and Whittington.

Cllr Robert Adams said: “This plan that has got me excited most over the last 10 years on this council has been the urban expansion.

“I think they could have gone further (with the application) but that what we have in front of us is acceptable.”

Cllr Howard Turvey, chairman of Norton Juxta Kempsey Parish Council, the closest council, told planners he was in favour of the application.

Cllr Margaret Rowley voiced concerns about traffic and infrastructure before a council highways spokesman claimed that a “substantial” section 106 agreement had been agreed for the applicant Welbeck Strategic Land to contribute to local services.

The applicant will have to contribute “significantly” towards public transport, as well as a new pedestrian bridge over the A4440 between the Norton and Ketch roundabouts.

The plan, which spreads across three council wards, will go before Worcester City Council planners on Thursday February 22 and Malvern Hills District Council planners on Wednesday March 7.

The recommendation for Worcester councillors is to follow Wychavon and delegate authority to Malvern Hills planners, with Malvern Hills councillors recommended to approve the scheme.

Developers say that almost 2,000 jobs would be created by the development should it be passed.

For more details visit and search for planning application number 13/00656/OUT