As part of the ongoing Review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), the South Worcestershire Councils conducted a Call for Sites inviting landowners and/or their agents/developers to submit land for a potential large scale Country Park site.
The South Worcestershire Councils are required to plan, monitor and manage the delivery of at least 13,957 additional new dwellings across the plan area to 2041. The addition of the new dwellings would increase the population by approximately 32,195. This would undoubtedly put additional pressure on existing beauty spots and Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the Malvern Hills SSSI, Worcester Woods Country Park, Broadway Tower, Croome Court and a number of other popular leisure destinations.
In order to reduce this pressure from increased footfall in the future damaging these important assets the SWCs are aiming to facilitate the delivery of a new large scale leisure destination in the form of a Country Park.
The site for a new Country Park would ideally need to be a minimum of 50ha in size, with direct and safe access on to the public highway and would preferably be on a bus route.
The deadline for submissions was 5pm on Friday 24th July 2020, after which Officers assessed submissions to determine the suitability of the land as a potential allocation for a Country Park in the SWDP Review.
Please note if you had submitted a site / land in the past through the SHLAA / SHELAA process or through the Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Call for Sites process you needed to submit the information again as this Call for Sites exercise is specific to identifying potential Country Park sites and not housing and employment sites or renewable and low carbon energy projects.