22nd Jul, 2019

South Worcestershire planning policies approved on reducing flood risk and renewable energy

Craig Gibbons 27th Jul, 2018

NEW planning guidance has been adopted by three councils across the county in support of the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council have approved three new supplementary planning documents (SPDs) containing guidance on renewable and low carbon energy, water management and flooding, and the contributions developers make towards infrastructure when they start building.

The SPDs will support the delivery of the vision set out in the SWDP, the blueprint which sets out where new homes and employment development should take place up until 2030.

Coun Melanie Baker, deputy leader of Malvern Hills District Council and chair of the SWDP joint advisory panel, said: “First and foremost, the SWDP continues to centre on creating affordable homes and opportunities which will ultimately help people to settle in south Worcestershire and enjoy successful lives and careers.

“It’s a blueprint for the future and that’s why we need developers to stick closely to the high standards and sustainability guidance we have established on important matters like affordable homes, energy and flood alleviation.

“We welcome the serious interest we have from developers as we work towards our targets, but we must always be clear that we expect those organisations to consider and contribute to vital requirements such as schools, roads, green spaces and sports facilities.”

Full details of the plan are available at www.swdevelopmentplan.org.

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