Our Rural Communities and Economy Advisory Panel provides our Executive Board with advice and policy development support on matters relating to the rural areas of the district, including the development of the rural economy. The Panel's responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the Rural Communities Programme and advising on the need for and shape of any successor programmes.
  • Considering partnership and investment projects which affect rural areas.
  • Considering any Growth Fund or LEADER applications or matters which affect the rural areas of the district.
  • Promoting and encouraging opportunities for other European, lottery or other funding to support the economies and communities of our rural areas.
  • Promoting and encouraging solutions to rural challenges such as broadband, social isolation and transport.
  • Considering neighbourhood planning projects and making recommendations to the Executive Board.
  • Developing relationships with educational establishments which support the rural economy, including Pershore College and South Worcestershire College.
  • Advising on how community capacity in the district can be enhanced.
  • From time to time, organising Panel sponsored events.

Meetings of the Panel are open to the public.  You can view meeting dates, agendas and minutes here.

2 December 2015 

  • Worcestershire LEADER Programme - Hollie Kirk, EU Programme Manager, Worcestershire County Council - click here to view the slides
  • Vale of Evesham Landscape Heritage Partnership - Wychavon's Chris Brooks, Regeneration Manager gave an update on the Evesham Landscape Heritage Partnership - click here to view the slides 

15 February 2016

  • Proposed Merger of Warwickshire College Group (Pershore College) with South Worcestershire College - click here to view the slides
  • Rural Housing - challenges and opportunities - click here to view the slides

25 April 2016

  • Indices of multiple rural deprivation - click here for slides
  • Rural Transport - to see community transport groups by area - click here

12 September 2016 

  • NFU’s vision to shape a new and dynamic future for agriculture and horticulture post Brexit - click here to view the slides

21 November 2017

  • Rural Broadband and mobile phones - the Panel received a presentation from Robert Stepniewski and Stephen Ashton from the Strategic Change Team at Worcestershire County Council on Superfast Worcestershire - click here to view the slides

30 January 2017

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Parish Transport Champions project presentation

10 April 2017

  • Update on Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning - click here to view the slides

12 March 2017

  • Update from Worcestershire County Council's Broadband and Connectivity Team - click here to view the slides


For more information contact:

Tracy Perkins
Call: 01386 565517
Email: tracy.perkins@wychavon.gov.uk