The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon started a Review of the SWDP in late 2017. This was in response to new Government requirements which state that Local Plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The Review will extend the Plan period to 2041. The Review of the adopted SWDP will update the Vision, Objectives, Spatial Strategy and Policies to ensure they remain relevant for the future development of the South Worcestershire area. The second part of the plan includes site allocations, policies and policy designations that will provide for the development needs of the area up to 2041.
The Issues and Options is the first consultation stage for plan making. It set out what the SWCs consider to be the main issues for the new plan to address, such as meeting the Government’s new housing requirement and meeting the demand for new employment space, as well as considering whether the current development strategy is still appropriate and which of the policies set out within the adopted SWDP need to be revised.
The Issues and Options document set out the matters that potentially relate to managing growth in south Worcestershire up to 2041 and asked a series of topic related questions as part of the consultation. It was not necessary to respond to the entire Issues and Options document. In addition the questions were not exhaustive and responses on areas that may also need addressing were welcome. The consultation commenced on Monday 5 November and ran until 5pm on Monday 17 December 2018.