Dates confirmed for next phase of Examination of South Worcestershire Development Plan

Dates have been confirmed for the second phase of the Examination of the Plan that will guide economic development and housing in South Worcestershire until 2030.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is currently being examined by a Government-appointed Inspector, who held his first public hearings in late 2013 and earlier this year. Since then work has taken place to identify sites for additional housing. A consultation on the proposed additional housing sites and related changes to the Plan ends at 9.00am on Monday, November 17.

The results of that consultation will be considered by the Inspector as part of his next three hearings:

  • Commencing 24 February 2015 at the Sixways Stadium, looking at SWDP policies one to seven (the basis for how the plan has been compiled, housing and employment sites selected etc) and the strategic sites (the major “urban extensions” proposed on the edges of Worcester, where some of the largest housing developments have been allocated)
  • Commencing 14 April 2015 at the Sixways Stadium, considering development management policies (the detailed rules that future planning applications will be assessed against, covering, for example, the proportion of affordable housing to be included in residential developments)
  • Commencing 12 May 2015 at the Worcester University Arena in Hylton Road, focussing on proposed sites in the main towns and villages in south Worcestershire.

The 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 being jointly prepared by the three partner councils – Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon.

Following extensive public consultation, the SWDP was submitted to the Government for independent Examination in May 2013.

Stage one of the Examination resulted in the Inspector recommending an increase in housing provision to 28,370, requiring the councils to identify proposed sites for around 6,200 dwellings.