Have your say on south Worcestershire sites for travellers and travelling showpeople

South Worcestershire residents can have their say on an important issue connected with the adopted South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in a new public consultation opening today.

Residents and other interested parties are being asked for their views on revised proposals for providing sites for travellers and travelling showpeople.

The consultation runs for seven weeks. Printed copies of the consultation documents and forms are available at libraries and council contact centres. The closing date for comments is 18 April 2018.

The proposed locations for pitches are set out in a new Development Plan Document (DPD) jointly prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council. The DPD also includes policies for meeting the accommodation needs of travellers and travelling showpeople over the next five-to-ten years, as required by national planning policy.

The three councils carried out an assessment of the need for travellers’ pitches and asked for suggestions for sites where pitches could be accommodated. 37 sites were initially put forward in an earlier DPD and were the subject of a public consultation in 2016. As a result of the public feedback, some of those sites were ruled out.

In this latest consultation it is proposed that, between now and 2023, 26 new pitches are provided at seven south Worcestershire locations.

These include existing travellers’ sites at Hillbee Farm, Upton-upon-Severn; The Orchard, Knowle Hill, Evesham; Blossom Hill, Village Street, Aldington and Willows End, Guarlford. Alongside them is a site at Shorthill Caravan Park, Crossway Green, near Stourport, where temporary planning permission is already in place for a travellers’ site.

There are four sites in this new consultation which were not looked at in 2016. Public drop-in sessions have been set up for each of them, so that local residents can find out more from planning officers.

  • Mountain View, Bastonford, near Powick – drop-in session at Powick Village Hall, Malvern Rd, Powick, WR2 4RT on Thursday 8 March, 3:30pm-8pm
  • An extension to the existing site at Willows End, Guarlford, Great Malvern – drop-in session at Guarlford Village Hall, 4 Penny Lane, Guarlford Malvern, WR13 6PG on Wednesday 14 March, 2pm-8pm
  • Bretforton Rd, Badsey; and Village St, Aldington – drop-in session at Badsey Remembrance Hall, Horsebridge Avenue, Badsey Evesham, WR11 7XD on Wednesday 28 March, 2pm-8pm

To meet the longer term need for pitches beyond 2023, the DPD includes the option of two possible sites within the Worcester “urban extensions”, due to be built on the southern edge of the city at Broomhall and Norton Barracks and at Temple Laugherne on the western edge of Worcester.

Councillor Bradley Thomas, who chairs the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: “We listened to the consultation responses in 2016 and, as a result, ruled out some of the sites that had been proposed.

“We still need to ensure there are enough sites available in south Worcestershire, so I would urge residents and interested parties to get involved and give their views through this latest consultation.”