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Eckington's community green space thriving under new neighbourhood plans

Evesham Editorial 19th May, 2024   0

A new community green space in Eckington has been praised as a ‘fantastic example’ of the benefits of Neighbourhood Plans.

Eckington Community Fields was created from a seven-acre piece of land gifted to the village as part of a new housing development. More than 170 trees have been planted along with wildflowers and new hedgerows.

Accessible paths have also been installed.

In return for supporting additional housing, the village was given the land and £200,000 for the parish council to develop the project.

A further £24,000 was secured through Wychavon’s New Homes Bonus scheme and £63,157 from Worcestershire County Council’s Natural Networks programme.

Chair of Eckington Parish Council, Coun Tim Knight, said: “We decided if we are going to have to take the housing, then we may as well get some benefit for the village. Having a Neighbourhood Plan has allowed us to do that.




“Not only have we ended up with less housing than was originally proposed, but it’s also given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create something that will have lasting benefit for the community.”

Future plans include a community orchard, micro allotments, and a natural play area. It is also hoped that a disused building on the site could be turned into community facility.


Coun Emma Kearsey, member for planning, infrastructure and urban design, Wychavon, said: “The Eckington Community Fields project is a fantastic example of how Neighbourhood Plans are playing a vital role in shaping communities in the way residents themselves want.”

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