Residents to have their say on the future of South Worcestershire

The people of South Worcestershire are to be given their say on proposals for how South Worcestershire will develop over the next two decades.

Draft proposals for the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which will guide economic, residential and environmental change in the area until 2030, have been approved for public consultation by the three partner councils – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon.

Residents will be able to give their views when the eight-week consultation kicks off on 26 September.

The main focus of the consultation period will be a series of road shows that will be held throughout South Worcestershire. Residents’ groups, along with Town and Parish Councils, will be sent documents giving a summary of the plans.

In addition, efforts will be made to reach younger families, young adults and teenagers – groups who often don’t engage with formal public consultations but whose future may be affected by the proposals.

Councillor David Hughes, Chairman of the Joint Advisory Panel which has led work on the plan, said: “Too often people think that consultations are a toothless exercise, but we’re determined to show that we really want to listen.

“The South Worcestershire Development Plan will shape employment, housing and the environment over the next two decades. We want it to have a positive impact on the lives of local people, so it’s important they have a chance to influence the policies it contains.”

The draft Proposed Options for the SWDP are available now on each of the three councils’ websites and on this website

Ahead of the consultation in September, a more user-friendly edition of the document will be published with colour photographs and maps. A summary document will also be available, along with a printed response form. Residents will also be able to make their views know online.

Road show exhibitions will be held throughout the eight weeks of the consultation. They will take place across South Worcestershire, visiting all the main towns and larger rural settlements. Planning officers will be on hand to discuss the proposals with members of the public in detail.

The provisional dates for the road shows are as follows. These are all subject to confirmation nearer the time, as are details of venues