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Have your say on new planning guidelines for south Worcestershire

People across Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon are being encouraged to have their say on important new planning guidelines that will affect how housing and other developments take place over the next 12 years.

Consultations have been launched today on three new draft supplementary planning documents (SPDs) that set out proposed policies on renewable energy, water management and the financial contributions developers make to local infrastructure when they start building.

Once formally adopted, the three SPDs will support the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which sets out where new homes and employment development should take place up to the year 2030.

The three councils that prepared the SWDP – Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council – have published the draft SPDs and launched six-week consultations on each of them.

Residents and other interested parties can have their say on the proposals by going to www.swdevelopmentplan.org. Printed copies of the consultation documents and forms are available at libraries and council contact centres.

The three SPDs are:

Renewable and Low Carbon Energy
This draft policy supports renewable and low carbon energy schemes such as solar panels, ground source heat pumps, and other larger renewable projects such as solar farms. Wind turbines are not supported.

Water Management and Flooding
This draft policy aims to reduce flood risk in south Worcestershire and to ensure that development takes place in the areas of lowest flood risk. It also seeks to promote effective water management and maintain water quality.

Developer Contributions 
This is a draft revision of an earlier SPD, setting out how and when developers will need to make contributions towards local infrastructure in order to ensure their proposals are acceptable in planning terms, in line with SWDP policies. It has been revised to take into account new factors, such as the development of the new Worcestershire Local Transport Plan 4 and last year’s adoption of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - an important funding method for some of the SWDP infrastructure – by the three south Worcestershire councils.