Over 160 local people attended the South Worcester Community Planning Weekend at St. Peter's Baptist Church.
Over 160 local people attended the South Worcester Community Planning Weekend at St. Peter's Baptist Church. Visitors were encouraged to join workshops to provide their views on how an urban extension may be developed on land to the south of the A4440. This land has been identified in the draft South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) as a location for a new urban extension providing 20 ha of employment and around 2,450 homes.
During the event the community had the chance to participate in workshops and explore local and site specific issues. Concerns were raised about the potential impact of development, particularly in relation to traffic congestion and the risk of flooding, but there was also discussion about the opportunities it might bring for improved local facilities and employment in the area.
The 2008 draft South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy (SWJCS) identified the land south of St Peter's in South Worcester as a site for a sustainable urban extension delivering around 3,000 dwellings. Approximately 25 ha (62 acres) of employment land would also be required along with a two-form entry primary school, community and health care facilities, shops, leisure facilities and emergency services. The draft plan is now emerging as the South Worcestershire Development Plan and will provide a planning framework that aims to ensure development has a positive impact on the environment. It is being jointly prepared by the three authorities of Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City who will publish their revised requirements for dwelling numbers and employment land in early July. The South Worcestershire Development Plan will form the heart of the new Local Development Framework.
A consortium, led by Welbeck Strategic Land LLP, is promoting the site at South Worcester and would like to involve the local community in developing a masterplan. The masterplanning team, led by JTP, has been employed to draw up proposals for the site. This will eventually form part of an outline planning application. The aim is to create a great place to live that reflects the needs and aspirations of local people as well as delivering the wider planning objectives of three local authorities which include creating new jobs, delivering new homes and improving the A4440. The consortium is supporting the work being undertaken by the three planning authorities, to provide site specific evidence which will support the strategic allocation.