A PLAN to demolish an industrial building and build eight three-storey townhouses looks set to be approved despite flooding and parking concerns.

Lockley Homes wants to build the townhouses in Pope Iron Road in Worcester but neighbours have said they are concerned the buildings would lead to a loss of privacy and sunlight.

Neighbours have also said the design would be out-of-character with the Victorian street.

Worcester City Council's planning committee meets on Thursday (October 24) with a recommendation that the the plan should be approved.

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The proposal was called into the planning committee by Councillor Joy Squires over local concerns about flooding, the design of the homes and parking issues.

Three buildings would be facing Pope Iron Road with five buildings built behind.

The site at its closest point is 148 metres from the River Severn.

Pope Iron Road is prone to minor flooding but the council said it would because of water running down the road and collecting rather than flooding from the River Severn.

The site is right next to land designated as having a high chance of flooding. The rear of the site is within an area that has up to a one per cent chance of flooding.

The whole site is within the Environment Agency's flood alert zone.

A total of 16 car parking spaces would be provided for the homes.

Karl Lockley, joint managing director of Lockley Homes, spoke out last week and said the original plan for Victorian and Georgian-style homes was altered to fit in with the homes in Gheluvelt Mews and the council suggested the L-shape to allow more sunlight into the street.

A number of objections were raised by residents in Pope Iron Road, Gheluvelt Mews, Barbourne Lane and Waterworks Road as well as landlord James McKeever of The Whipping Post pub in Pope Iron Road.

Barbourne Riverside Residents Association said the design was "highly inappropriate" and out-of-keeping with the area.