Planning Notice

Planning Notice

South Worcestershire Development Plan Pre-submission notice

 

New consultation opens on plan for future of South Worcestershire

A new consultation opens this week on the Plan that will guide South Worcestershire’s economic and housing growth until 2030.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is being jointly prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council. Once adopted, it will form the basis for planning decisions across South Worcestershire until 2030.

Last month the three councils voted to proceed to submission of the draft SWDP to the Government, and on Friday (January 11) a new six-week public consultation opens – aimed at testing that the plan complies with the necessary legal requirements and is “sound”.

Councillor Marc Bayliss is Chairman of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, which includes councillors from each of the three councils working on the SWDP and also from Worcestershire County Council.

He said: “This consultation is not about the actual proposals in the Plan – so it’s not a chance for local people to suggest a new site for employment use or to call for homes to be built elsewhere.

“Instead it’s a chance for people to say if we’ve addressed the necessary legal and procedural tests. Have we got the evidence to back our proposals? Have we followed all the rules about how a Local Plan should be compiled?

“This is a final test of the robustness of the Plan before we submit it to the Secretary of State.”

This technical consultation will give local people and interested parties the chance to give their views on a range of important factors. These include whether the proposals in the SWDP can definitely be delivered, whether they are based on clear evidence and whether there have been appropriate opportunities for the public to give their views on the Plan.

It will also test that the SWDP complies with national guidelines and legislation, including the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, the Localism Act 2011 and the new National Planning Policy Framework.

Once this latest consultation is completed, the SWDP and the consultation results will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This is expected to happen in April.

The Secretary of State is then expected to call an Examination in Public, chaired by an independent inspector, to examine the Plan.

That is likely to happen in the summer, paving the way for the SWDP to be formally adopted by all three councils by the end of 2013.

The consultation will run at www.swdevelopmentplan.org, and printed copies of the consultation forms will also be available at council offices and libraries.

Responses can be made online at via the consultation portal. Completed forms can be sent to contact@swdevelopmentplan.org or posted to South Worcestershire Development Plan Team, FREEPOST RLTS-XRLK-AKGK, Orchard House, Farrier Street, Worcester WR1 3BB.

The Chairmanship of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel rotates among the three partner councils, and at the next meeting it will be proposed that Cllr Bayliss stands down as Chairman in favour of Cllr Judy Pearce of Wychavon.

What happens next?

  • 11 January – 5.00pm, 22 February 2013 – Technical consultation on the plan, to allow the public and others to give their views on whether the Plan is sound and complies with legal requirements
  • April 2013 – Draft Plan submitted to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • June/July 2013 (TBC) – Examination in Public held by independent inspector
  • August/September 2013 (TBC) – Inspector’s report published
  • Late 2013 (TBC) – Adoption of SWDP by the three councils.

Notes to Editors

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will provide a long term vision up to 2030 for South Worcestershire, with the emphasis on boosting the local economy and delivering sustainable housing development.

It is based on extensive evidence and previous consultations and has been jointly prepared by the three partner councils – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon.

The SWDP includes proposed policies for dealing with four broad areas:

  • Creating jobs and economic prosperity
  • Meeting housing needs
  • Transportation
  • The environment.

Details of the proposals are available at www.swdevelopmentplan.org, where the full range of consultation material, including guidance notes and evidence, can also be accessed.

The proposals build on the work done between 2007 and 2010 on the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy. The three councils decided to take a different approach when the coalition Government announced its proposed changes to the planning system.

Much of the research behind the Joint Core Strategy has been used in preparing the draft SWDP, but our approach to providing housing has changed and many of the proposed housing sites are now either smaller than previously suggested or have been removed altogether.

The new proposals differ from the Joint Core Strategy in several significant ways:

  • The focus is on supporting and delivering economic growth and jobs
  • Major economic initiatives include a Technology Park to the east of Worcester, near junction 6 of the M5, and major employment sites at Blackmore Park, Malvern; Vale Industrial Park, Evesham; the north east of Pershore; and at Midland Road and south of Warndon Wood in Worcester
  • A range of sites have been allocated for “mixed use”, where housing, employment, retail, leisure and other facilities sit alongside each other
  • Housing numbers are now driven by up-to-date assessments of local needs, not top-down regional targets
  • Approximately 23,200 homes are proposed, around 1,300 less than in the Joint Core Strategy, and with fewer completed each year
  • 42% of the homes required by 2030 have already either been built or given planning permission, or will be met by means such as  bringing empty homes back into use. That means that, in the 18 years remaining till 2030, locations only need to be found for another 13,400
  • More than half of the housing provision for the Worcester area will be met within the city, reducing the need for expansion beyond the city boundaries
  • Although extensions adjacent to Worcester are proposed, what used to be the largest site – to the west of the city – is now due to host only 975 dwellings, 2,500 fewer than were proposed in the Joint Core Strategy
  • In Malvern Hills and Wychavon, it is proposed to have a smaller proportion of new homes built at the main towns. There will also be new housing built in rural villages, with the aim of supporting the needs of the local population
  • The proposed Plan is evidence-based and has been subjected to a range of appraisals covering its sustainability, viability and necessary supporting infrastructure.

SWDP Targeted Consultation Events – Summer 2012

On 3rd July 2012 the three South Worcestershire Councils all passed the resolution that the proposed Significant Changes (as described by the Council Report and the accompanying Appendix 2) should go forward to a targeted consultation.

The targeted consultation will take place between 6th August and 14th September 2012 and will include a number of roadshow exhibitions across South Worcestershire. The details of the venues and dates for the three South Worcestershire Councils are outlined below. The accompanying consultation documentation is available to view and download online.

The scope of the targeted consultation will be limited to the Significant Changes proposed to the July 3rd Councils. As such any prior representations made on issues not being considered by this consultation are still “live” and will be taken into account in the preparation of the Pre-Submission Draft which, in turn,  will be considered by full meetings of each of the three Councils in November. This document, if accepted by the Councils, will then form the basis of the statutory Pre-Submission Consultation.

Click here to view SWDP Proposed Significant Changes Papers

SWDP Targeted Consultation Events – Summer 2012

MON

TUES

WED

THURS

FRI

AUG 6

Consultation START

AUG 7 AUG 8 AUG 9

HALLOW
2.00-8.00pm

AUG 10

UPTON-UPON-SEVERN  
2.00-8.00pm

AUG 13

MARTLEY
2.00-8.00pm

UPTON SNODSBURY
4.00-8.00 pm 

AUG 14  AUG 15

PERSHORE
4.00-8.00 pm

AUG 16

MALVERN
2.00-8.00pm

AUG 17

BROADWAY
4.00-8.00 pm

AUG 20

POWICK
2.00-8.00pm

WORCESTER – WARNDON / WORC .EAST
2.00-7.00pm 

AUG 21

DROITWICH SPA
4.00-8.00 pm  

AUG 22

HONEYBOURNE 
4.00-8.00 pm

WORCESTER –
SHRUB HILL AREA
4.30 – 8.30pm

AUG 23

TENBURY WELLS
2.00-8.00pm

NORTHWICK FARM & GWILLAMS FARM
4.00-8.00 pm

AUG 24
AUG 27 

Bank Holiday

AUG 28  AUG 29

FERNHILL HEATH
 4.00-8.00 pm

AUG 30

EVESHAM 
4.00-8.00 pm

AUG 31

WORCESTER SOUTH
4.00-8.00 pm 

SEPT 3 SEPT 4

OFFENHAM
4.00-8.00 pm 

SEPT 5

BECKFORD
4.00-8.00 pm

SEPT 6 SEPT 7
SEPT 10 SEPT 11 SEPT 12 SEPT 13 SEPT 14

Consultation END – 5.00pm 

 

By Local Authority – Dates, Venues and Coverage

Worcester City

Location Date Time Venue Covering
Worcester 20 August 2.00-7.00pm Lyppard Grange Community Centre, Ankerage Green,Warndon Villages, Worcester WR4 0DZ Warndon
Worcester 22 August 4.30 – 8.30pm Tolly Centre,Rowan Avenue, Worcester, WR4 9QW Shrub Hill area
Northwick Farm & Gwillams Farm 23 August 4.00-8.00 pm Claines Royal British Legion Club Ltd Cornmeadow Lane, Claines Worcester WR2 6QR Claines, North Worcester Urban extensions
Worcester South Urban Extension 31 August 4.00-8.00 pm St Peters Garden CentrePear Tree Farm,Norton Road, Worcester, WR5 2NY Broomhall Community, Norton Barracks, Norton Juxta Kempsey, Kempsey Village

Malvern Hills

Location Date Time Venue Covering
Hallow 9 August 2.00-8.00pm Hallow Parish HallWR2 6PP Hallow
Upton-upon-Severn 10 August 2.00-8.00pm Memorial HallOld Street, WR8 0HA Holly Green; Ryall; Tunnel Hill, Kempsey
Martley 13 August 2.00-8.00pm Memorial HallWR6 6PQ Alfrick, Clifton-upon-Teme, Abberley Common, Great Witley, Lower Broadheath
Malvern 16 August 2.00-8.00pm Priory Lodge HallAvenue Road, WR14 3AF Welland, Alfrick, Kempsey, Malvern Wells, Lower Broadheath
Tenbury Wells 23 August 2.00-8.00pm Pump RoomsTeme StreetWR15 8BA Tenbury Wells, Clifton upon Teme, Clows Top, Bayton, Great Witley, Abberley Common
Powick 20 August 2.00-8.00pm Powick Parish HallMalvern Road,  WR2 4RT Powick, Colletts Green, Callow End

Wychavon

Location Date Time Venue Covering
Upton Snodsbury 13 August 4.00-8.00 pm Upton Snodsbury Village Hall, Church Lane,Upton Snodsbury, WR7 4NH Bishampton; Crowle;  Flyford Flavell; Inkberrow
Pershore 15 August 4.00-8.00 pm Pershore Town Hall34 High Street, PershoreWR10 1DS (Committee Rm) Cropthorne; Defford;  Drakes Broughton; Pinvin
Broadway 17 August 4.00-8.00 pm Lifford Memorial Hall24 Lifford Gardens,Broadway WR12 7BU Broadway
Droitwich Spa 21 August 4.00-8.00 pm Parish Centre, St Andrews Street, Droitwich WR9 8DY Wychbold
Honeybourne 22 August 4.00-8.00 pm Honeybourne Village Hall,Main Street, Honeybourne,WR11 7PQ Bretforton; Pebworth
Fernhill Heath 29 August 4.00-8.00 pm War Memorial Hall,73 Droitwich Road,Fernhill Heath WR3 8RJ Fernhill Heath
Evesham 30 August 4.00-8.00 pm Evesham Town Hall,Market Square, Evesham WR11 4RA (Main Hall) Cropthorne; Harvington; Sedgeberrow
Offenham 4 September 4.00-8.00 pm Offenham Village Hall,Main Street, Offenham WR11 8QD Cleeve Prior; South Littleton
Beckford 5 September 4.00-8.00 pm Beckford, Main Street Beckford GL20 7AA Ashton-under-Hill; Conderton; Overbury; Sedgeberrow

Revised number of homes for South Worcestershire being considered

Proposals to increase the number of homes to be built in South Worcestershire are set to be considered by councillors.

The number of homes proposed in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) – which will guide economic development and housing in the area until 2030 – may need to rise beyond the current figure of 20,360.

The changes being considered follow a public consultation held last year about the initial proposals contained in the SWDP Preferred Options document, published in September 2011.

There were around 10,000 responses to the consultation – which can all be viewed at http://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/ – giving a very broad range of proposed housing numbers, ranging from 7,800 to 55,300. 

These responses have fed into work to prepare the next version of the SWDP, alongside new evidence including updated Population Projections from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the latest Strategic Housing Market Assessment for Worcestershire.

A revised version of the SWDP will go to each of the three partner councils on July 3, and councillors are being briefed over the coming weeks about possible changes that are being considered.

It is likely that councillors will be asked to consider a proposed increase in the number of homes required under the SWDP from 20,360 to 23,000. But in practice the number of additional homes is likely to be fewer than that, because of changes to national planning policies.

New rules introduced in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allow councils, for the first time, to include a variety of housing in their numbers for new homes that were previously excluded from their calculations.

That means the majority of the additional homes would be accounted for by empty homes that are brought back into use and so called “windfall sites”. These are sites that are not specifically identified in the plan but which subsequently come forward for housing development. This includes the reuse of land previously built on for non-residential purposes – for example, a disused factory being turned into flats.

Councillor Marc Bayliss is Chairman of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, which includes councillors from each of the three councils working on the SWDP and also from Worcestershire County Council.

He said: “The SWDP is all about planning for the future, ensuring that we are taking the right steps to help economic growth in south Worcestershire over the next 18 years and providing the homes that local people will need.

“The Panel is now working hard to evaluate all the latest evidence and the representations received in the consultation and make sure the Plan meets the needs of local people and local businesses – both now and up to 2030. Once that work is done, we will be reporting to the three councils with recommendations for changes to the Plan.”

If any changes to the SWDP are backed by the three councils on July 3, further public consultations on those specific changes will take place.

A revised version of the full SWDP document will then be published in October, and will go to a public examination next year. It’s expected the final version of the Plan will be formally adopted later in 2013.

Alongside this work, the three partner councils are also working with Worcestershire County Council to prioritise and prepare an Infrastructure Delivery Plan, setting out the level of investment needed to deliver the SWDP.

Response to Tewkesbury Growth

Submission to the ‘Developing the Preferred Option consultation Document 2011?2012’, published for consultation by Cheltenham Borough, Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough Joint Core Strategy partner Councils, on behalf of the South Worcestershire Development Plan 3 partner Authorities – Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council – 10th February 2012.

Read a copy of the submission on behalf of the South Worcestershire Development Plan 3 partner Authorties.