A HOME is set to be demolished to make way for flats and bungalows on a large unkempt garden despite several objections from neighbours.

The large two-storey detached home known as ‘Mayfield’ in Malvern Road would be knocked down and replaced with six two-bed flats and three three-bedroom bungalows.

The plan will be discussed by Worcester City Council’s planning committee on December 19 – after it was called in by Councillor Alan Amos over concerns about ‘backland’ development – with a recommendation that it is approved.

The first plan submitted in June proposed building a mix of eight detached and terraced homes after it was revised from the initial hope to build a three-storey apartment block at the rear of the site.

Several objections were raised by neighbours, some of whom had welcomed the original application, after the design and type of homes was changed after submission.

Pre-consultation advice from planning officers said the council would likely “resist” backland developments because of its impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

Lockley Homes decided to move the block of flats from the back of the site to the front which means it is now classed as “redevelopment” rather than a backland development.

The plan by Lockley Homes would see the new homes sit next to the three-storey care home Stanhope Court.

Patricia Connaughton, who lives at Stanhope Court, said the new houses would destroy the peaceful environment she had, and the new homes would mean she was “invaded front and back.”

She said: “Stanhope Court was created to provide secure accommodation in a peaceful environment for elderly residents.

“This is a warden-controlled property.

“Months of building works followed by a mini housing estate with the noise from cars mowers and dogs ruin our quiet lives. We will be invaded front and back.”

The existing entrance to Mayfield would be widened and extended to reach the rest of the homes.

The garden at the back of Mayfield has largely been unkempt having previously been occupied by a tennis court built in the 1960s.

Surrounding homes cannot see into the garden at Mayfield and building new homes would not have a detrimental effect on neighbours, according to documents submitted with the planning application.

Worcester City Council’s planning committee meets at 1.30pm on Thursday, December 19 in the Guildhall.