New timetable for SWDP Review announced

A consultation on a draft of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will take place later this year, subject to approval by councillors.

The Regulation 19 Publication – effectively a draft of the plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – will be published in October when it will be considered by councillors at Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils.

If approved, the plan will go out to public consultation during November and early December. More details will be released at the time.

Following the consultation, a detailed timetable will then be drawn up to submit the plan for examination by an independent inspector and, if it passes that stage, to have it adopted.

The review of the SWDP sets out where an extra 14,000 new homes will be built across South Worcestershire by 2041, including new settlements at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton and Rushwick.

The plan should have gone out to consultation this month (July) but was delayed because more work was needed on key documents relating to the infrastructure required to support the proposed new settlements.

Cllr David Harrison, Chairman of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: "Making sure there is proper infrastructure to support new housing is one of the main concerns of residents. That's why it was correct we took the time to get this key piece of work right. Now that's nearing completion, we can move forward and intend to put the plan out for public consultation later this year, subject to the approval of the three councils." 

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