19th Oct, 2017

Housing plan changes may go before public

Joshua Godfrey 11th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

COUNCILLORS will vote later this month on whether to give the green light to a six-week public consultation on the latest changes to Worcestershire’s housing plan.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which councillors will decide whether or not to accept the scheme early next year, will see 28,370 houses being built by 2030.

Government Inspector Roger Clews has made a number of changes to the original plan with 150 additional homes proposed for Cheltenham Road and fields off Abbey Bridge in Evesham.

If approved by councillors, the public consultation will give local residents the chance to voice their views on the new proposals, which will feature in the inspector’s final report.

Coun Melanie Baker, who chairs the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: “The testing of the SWDP through the public hearings has proven that our approach and the Plan’s strategy are essentially sound.

“We now need to focus on making a series of largely technical policy changes, and I would urge south Worcestershire residents to make their voices heard in the upcoming consultation on these latest Main Modifications.

“We will then reach the stage when the Inspector can formally judge the Plan and the councils can move on to its adoption.”

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