The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is being prepared in partnership by Malvern Hills, Wychavon District Councils and Worcester City Council [the partner authorities] in accordance with Section 28 of The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This means that each partner authority remains responsible for its own planning decision making, but has entered into an informal arrangement to work together on cross-boundary strategic planning matters. The preparation of the SWDP followed on from previous work on the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy (SWJCS) between 2007 and 2010. This included an initial ‘Issues and Options’ consultation (then a requirement under the Regulations) in the autumn of 2007, consultation on the scope of the Sustainability Appraisal in 2008 and ‘Preferred Options’ consultation in the autumn of 2008. This was followed by a further targeted Preferred Options consultation in early 2009.
Background information on the SWJCS and SWDP can be viewed on our About us webpage .
Main Modifications Consultation 2015 (9 October 2015 – 20 November 2015)
At the Council meetings held on 22 September 2015 (Malvern Hills District Council) and 30 September 2015 (Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils) the three South Worcestershire Councils agreed to undertake formal consultation into the Main Modifications arising from the Stage 2 Hearings which took place between February – June 2015.
The Main Modifications presented for consultation have arisen from the Stage 2 hearings at which the Inspector holistically considered the SWDP, taking into account his findings in Stage 1. It is considered by the councils that these Main Modifications are necessary for the Inspector to conclude his examination of the SWDP.
Proposed Modifications Consultation 2014 (6 October 2014 – 14 November 2014)
At the Council meetings held on 30 September 2014 the three South Worcestershire Councils agreed to undertake formal consultation into the proposed uplift in housing numbers in the SWDP. This was brought about by the need to revisit targets after the SWDP Inspector, Roger Clews, expressed his concerns over the level of housing being proposed to 2030 in the Plan Submitted in April 2013. This consultation is entirely focussed on the proposed Modifications to be placed before the Inspector for examination once the next stage of hearings commence in early 2015.
Proposed Submission Consultation 2013 (11 January 2013 to 22 February 2013)
In December 2012, all three Councils approved the SWDP Proposed Submission Document for the six week period of public consultation that commences on Friday 11 January 2013 and concludes at 5.00pm on Friday 22 February 2013. This is the first stage of the statutory submission process to the Secretary of State and subsequent public inquiry in the summer of 2013.
Significant Changes Consultation 2012 (6 August 2012 to 14 September 2012)
It was decided that there should be a further consultation to allow comment on the significant changes emerging from the Preferred Options consultation, the proposed increase in overall housing numbers for the plan period, the identification of possible new alternative sites, and additional development management policies to ensure consistency with The Framework published in March 2012. Although not a statutory stage of consultation, this additional targeted consultation was seen as a further positive opportunity for communities in the plan area to comment on the emerging SWDP, whilst making the consultation element of the process more robust to the advantage of all parties.
Preferred Options Consultation 2011 (26 September 2011 to 18 November 2011)
The draft SWDP Preferred Options Paper, along with the consultation programme was approved by the partner authorities’ Council meetings on 5 July 2011. The Preferred Options Consultation Document was published (along with the statutory advertisement in the local press) for the eight week consultation from 26 September 2011 to 18 November 2011. A further week was added to the timetable with the consultation period closing on 27 November 2011. The extra flexibility was in response to a number of requests that more time be made available to respondents given the proximity of dates for the later roadshow events and published close of the consultation period.
Consultations from 2007 – 2010
Like the preparation of all the plans forming the Local Development Framework, and many other strategies, the community and other stakeholders need to be involved early on in the process of developing the Core Strategy.
The tables below highlight the extensive public consultation that has gone before:
Table 1: SWJCS Consultation Events
|Event/Stage in Process||Dates||Attendees/Representations|
|Stakeholder Visioning Event at Worcester Rugby Club||14/4/07||80|
|Issues and Options Document Launch||6/9/2007||n/a|
|Issues and Options Consultation Events (20)||From September to December 2007||556 attendees, 2,155 representations made|
|Reality Event at WM Police Headquarters||3/3/08||40 attendees|
|Preferred Options Question Time at the Swan Theatre||15/9/08||300 attendees|
|Preferred Options Consultation Events (16)||From September to October 2008||2,500 attendees, 3,500 representations made|
|Targeted Preferred Options Consultation Events (10)||From January to March 2009||1,500 attendees, 850 representations made|
In addition to the SWJCS, the Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document or SAP DPD was launched (late 2009) and was subject to the following activity:
Table 2: SAP DPD Consultation Events
|Event/Stage in Process||Dates||Attendees/Representations|
|Information Gathering Exercise (approx 25)||October 2009 to March 2010||3,500 attendees|
A brief recap of the previous consultation events…
South Worcestershire Development Plan. Town and Parish Council Briefing & Workshop, Nov 2010
Town and parish councillors throughout the three South Worcestershire districts attended a series of meetings over November 2010, which were also attended by District andCountyCouncillors. The purpose of these events was to update town and parish councils on the position of the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy, following the change in government from May 2010.
Following this event a SWDP Workshop and Parish Plan Summaries Report was published. This summary of meetings, workshop notes and supporting technical background information including parish plan summaries (Appendix 4) were sent to all town and parish councils in December 2010. The circulated information facilitated individual town and parish councils to begin their own discussions with their communities and feedback into the process of drafting the revised development plan during the first half of 2011.
Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document (September 2009 to May 2010)
This information gathering exercise looked to examine sites within the urban and rural areas of South Worcestershire to accommodate new homes and associated facilities such as employment, shopping, health, education, community and open space. Earlier consultations focused on `strategic’ larger locations for housing, jobs, and community facilities as part of the (former) Joint Core Strategy. This time round it concentrated on ‘smaller’ sites to feed into the (former) Site Allocation Plan. A copy of the consultation literature and consultation report can found using the links provided below.
Worcester leaflet and Worcester map; Malvern leaflet and Malvern map; Tenbury Wells leaflet and Tenbury Wells map; Upton upon Severn leaflet and Upton upon Severn map; Droitwich Spa leaflet and Droitwich Spa map; Evesham leaflet and Evesham map; Pershore leaflet and Pershore map and key village areas.
Summary of Malvern Hills Development Site Responses: Malvern, Upton upon Severn, Tenbury Wells, Abberley Common, Clifton upon Teme, Great Witley, Hallow, Hanley Swan, Kempsey, Lower Broadheath, Martley, Rushwick,Welland, Callow End, Powick and Colletts Green, Alfrick, Remaining rural villages.
Summary of Policy Theme Responses: Green Space, Open Space and Recreation, Protecting Buildings of Local Interest, Shops and Facilities, Vibrant Tourist Economy, Employment Sites, Marinas, Education, Land for Gypsies and Travellers, Local Infrastructure and Other Comments.
South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy Preferred Options Document (September to October 2008)
This document was the next stage in the production of our Joint Core Strategy. It carried forward and built on the responses with residents, businesses and other interested parties on the ‘Issues and Options’ paper published in November 2007. The purpose of that consultation was to identify, with the help of those groups the main planning issues which will face our area up to 2026 and to suggest options for addressing these issues.
This document set out details of the options upon which we welcomed your views. It was written taking into account, feedback from continuous community involvement; Assessment against national, regional and local policies; Evidence gathered from a wide range of studies and strategies; and the Sustainability Appraisal.
South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy Issues and Options Paper, November 2007
The aim of this Issues and Options paper was to formally start the debate about the big planning issues facing South Worcestershire which comprises the local authority areas of Malvern Hills,WorcesterCityand Wychavon. It also suggests possible ways, or options, for dealing with the issues. The paper was the first step towards producing the Joint South Worcestershire Development Plan to shape South Worcestershire up to the year 2026.
Following the Issues and Options consultation the South Worcestershire authorities published an Issues and Options Consultation Report. This report sets out the methods of consultation undertaken and provides a summarised account of comments received. Furthermore the three authorities also published Officers’ responses to Written Submission on the Issues and Options Consultation.