Where to now after the Preferred Options Consultation (Sept – Nov 2011)?

We have received an outstanding level of interest in the SWDP’s latest consultation. This has been demonstrated through 4,000 people attending the 40-odd official consultation events throughout the SWDP area . Nearly 5,000 submitted responses many of which raise a number of issues have been submitted by from local residents, businesses, developers, infrastructure providers and statutory agencies.

This level of interest, along with unfortunate technical issues associated with the on-line consultation tool, caused us to extend the consultation period by a week so that no-one was disadvantaged in getting their views to us.  We are currently sifting through this huge volume of information and for the next few weeks will be analysing it and assessing its implications for the Plan along with identifying where any adjustments are required.

 What happens next?

It is anticipated that by the end of February we will have fully assessed all responses that we have received and that these will be loaded onto the website. We will move as quickly as possible to develop responses to the consultation feedback and will report back to each of the South Worcestershire Councils.   Within this timeframe we will also need to assess whether or not we will have to commission any additional evidence to assist the development of the SWDP or possibly deliver some additional targeted consultation should any major changes (e.g. new proposed housing allocations)  to the SWDP Preferred Options be considered.

As we move forward to the preparation of the Draft Development Plan Document (Regulation 27) stage) later in 2012 there will be a lot happening ….the SWDP Team would like to thank you for all your contributions and would encourage you to keep an eye out for updates over the next couple of months  and beyond.

Droitwich Spa Roadshow, Wednesday 16 November – Change of Venue

The Droitwich event on Wednesday 16th November will not be at the Parish Centre as previously advertised but will now be held at the Former Carpet Shop, 11 St Andrews St. We apologise for any inconvience caused.

Click here for more information

Important Notice – South Worcester Forum

South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) – Preferred Options

We have become aware that some landowners and developers are undertaking their own consultation events during the South Worcestershire Development Plan Preferred Options (SWDP PO) consultation period.  Whilst the three South Worcestershire councils do not have any control over the matter we would prefer that these were held outside of the SWDP PO consultation period. Please be aware that planning and other officers from the three South Worcestershire Councils will not be formally attending these events and that we have not examined or endorsed the content of any exhibitions or presentations. Members of the public are, of course, free to attend any of these events.

One such consultation exercise that falls outside of the SWDP process is, for example, a master-planning exercise to the south of Worcester being conducted on behalf of Welbeck Strategic Land under the banner “South Worcester Forum”. 

We would strongly encourage you to attend the relevant SWDP PO consultation event(s) closest to where you live or work. A full list of the official South Worcestershire Development Plan consultation events where planners and other officers from the council will be on hand to answer questions in respect of the SWDP can be found here

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