More homes could be required under South Worcestershire Development Plan (From Droitwich Advertiser)
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More homes could be required under South Worcestershire Development Plan
4:10pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE three councils involved in compiling the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) have been asked to look again at the figures they prepared on the number of homes needed in the area by 2030.
The inspector who is conducting an examination of the plan has asked the three authorities – Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council – to do more work on the technical evidence used to establish how many homes the area will need.
The inspector, Roger Clews, said in a letter to the councils that the number of homes required “is likely to be substantially higher than the 23,200 figure identified in the submitted plan.”
It is news that could open the door to more houses being allocated to Droitwich Spa. The latest findings could also have an impact on the planning appeal lodged by developers wanting to build in the Yew Tree Hill area of the town.
The inspector’s interim conclusions are published at swdevelopmentplan.org.
Councillor Judy Pearce, who chairs the South Worcestershire Joint Advisory Panel that leads work on the SWDP, said: “We are disappointed that our locally derived figures have been questioned by the inspector. The inspector clearly feels that the figure should be higher and has asked us to undertake more analysis to enable him to agree a final figure.
“It’s not unusual for many councils to have their plan rejected at this first stage of examination, as has happened recently in Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, north Warwickshire and elsewhere.
“So we are very pleased that the SWDP is still on track and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the inspector to produce the technical work he has requested and to achieve the best result for local people from this process.”
The SWDP will guide South Worcestershire’s economic and housing growth over the next 17 years and, once adopted, will form the basis for planning decisions across the area.
The councils have also been asked to revise their figures on how much retail space will be needed across south Worcestershire by 2030. The plan currently calls for 50,000 square metres of new retail space to be built during the period covered by the plan. The inspector suggests that in some towns there may be a danger of too much retail space being created.
The three councils have been given until Friday, November 8 to produce a timetable for the compiling of the new housing data.
A second phase will follow, looking at the sites where it is proposed that new homes and businesses are built.
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