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One of the two new major housing developments in Droitwich which will add 1300 households to the population of the town with little improvement to infrastructure or services like schools or doctors 

 

The houses are depressingly dull and unimaginative ( mind you so is my 1970's box ) but they are selling 

Dullsville1

One of the two new major housing developments in Droitwich which will add 1300 households to the population of the town with little improvement to infrastructure or services like schools or doctors 

 

The houses are depressingly dull and unimaginative ( mind you so is my 1970's box ) but they are selling 

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jan 2017, 00:36
Cheer up, Bill...they might all vanish into a sinkhole caused by excessive pumping of the underground brine!
Bill Phillips: We need more houses but why do they have to be so depressing?
One thing we noticed when working in different towns was how all new estates were the same, with the odd exception. At times, if you didn't know where you had set out to, you could have been anywhere in the country, quite depressing.
Bill Phillips: It is like everything else. All high streets look the same. There was a time when houses were built by local builders using local brick.
"Progress"... as they say!
I'm sorry, Bill - I've been there... and have protested these...
In Arizona of course!
Bill Phillips: We need more houses, both to buy and at affordable rents. Trouble is if the artificial shortage is resolved prices might actually fall
Sadly the planners are partly to blame by wanting to remain in their comfort zone.
Bill Phillips: Yes I am sure there is a lot of truth in that.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jan 2017, 06:46
The houses could look quite worse - don't complain!
Bill Phillips: It is the sheer blandness of so much of the housing built here from the 60s onwards Philine. We are desperate for decent affordable houses both to buy and rent
On the bright side of things, there's work for the builders now, Bill. My grandson's father is in the construction business in Georgia, USA, and a few years ago he was basically out of a job. Things seem to be booming for him again, thankfully.
Bill Phillips: We have had a shortage of housing here for many years now Ginnie. Thanks to the stupidity of politicians the houses that councils built for rent were sold off and not replaced. Belatedly they are building more houses but not the right houses in the right places.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:38
What you say is living proof that as a country we are simply hopeless. Yes we need houses, lots of them, but without infrastructure we're sinking without trace
Bill Phillips: These are typical of what is bring built. They are nowhere near any amenities
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:57
I see variation, Bill. More worrying is the lack of extra facilities for the new home-owners
Bill Phillips: Yes there is. They have about 4 different "designs" and these are repeated all over the place. You look at houses and say ah yes those are 80's or 90s or whatever and you could be anywhere in the country. These are nowhere near any shops or schools so the owners will have to drive everywhere on unimproved infrastructure
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:23
Keep building ... we need the houses ...
Bill Phillips: Halesworth has a population similar to what Droitwich used to be before they started building here in the 60s. so I reckon they could build about 5000 houses there and you could catch up with us.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:31
I see more 'garden villages' are proposed today. The objections seem to be pretty much in line with your experience. No more roads, schools, Doctors planned to accommodate large increases in local population.
Bill Phillips: Most of the houses being built are 3 4 and 5 bedroom which suggests there will be children so there will be pressure on schools for a start.
Embellishments can take place after the houses are bought up. Go to any 5 year old or 10 year old suburb and see how they become.
Bill Phillips: We have loads of them Mary. Droitwich has grown from about 5000 people to 25000 and most of those in the last 20 years. A lot of the gardens are very nice.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2017, 10:45
Beautiful, imaginative english style. The lack of infrastructure is to be bemoaned - soon you will notice that the roads struggle with the additional traffic at peak times.
Bill Phillips: The roads are struggling already Louis!
This has been happening, and still is, all round the edges of Shepshed, that's before they even start the estate of 3,200 I told you about. No imagination of design of course, and no additional services either
Bill Phillips: It is a shambles Brian
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2017, 14:10
Everything will sell in the end and maybe after a long while they will try to figure out some schools too...
I think for now they spend more money on the signs than on everything else...
Bill Phillips: Oh they will sell without any doubt and within no time some of them will be up for sale again.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jan 2017, 17:17
The promise of school and doctors never seem to materialise. A local bus garage moved out of a big site and there there was supposed to be affordable houses (as opposed to unaffordable houses) and a doctors, together with a supermarket. The supermarket was built but instead of the homes and the doctors, the rest of the site is now all student accommodation.
Bill Phillips: No great surprise there
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jan 2017, 17:19
When I first ventured through a modern housing estate on my bike, I got hopelessly disorientated and only when I looked back on the log from the satnav did I realise that I went both ways along the same bike path at different times without realising it!
Bill Phillips: You should try finding anywhere on the Westlands estate in droitwich
One person's dullness is another's stability...

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