11th Dec, 2016

Town plan passes first hurdle

Joshua Godfrey 24th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S Town Plan is one step closer to becoming a vital document in helping Wychavon planning chiefs reach decisions on applications.

The plan past its first hurdle when councillors on Wychavon’s Planning Committee on Thursday, January 7 unanimously backed proposals to recommend to the council’s Executive Board that they should approve the Town Plan as a local information source.

If Wychavon’s top councillors give the green light to the idea in February, it will mean the blueprint will be used by planners when they come to make decisions on housing applications and the Town Plan can be used to guide councillors on what Evesham needs and wants.

The Town Plan sets out Evesham’s vision for the future and reflects the needs and aspirations of town residents.

It also firmly argues the need for a clear housing strategy for the town within the South Worcestershire Development Plan- a plan many residents have raised concern with.

At the meeting, one of Wychavon’s planning officers, Reiss Sadler, said Evesham should be commended for its Town Plan.

“The plan will offer advice and become material consideration in determination of planning applications,” Mr Sadler said.

“The published document is a very well thought out plan for which the working group, Town Council and residents should be commended.”

Councillors from Pershore also praised the blueprint and told the meeting they would now develop their own town plan after what they’ve seen in Evesham.

Coun Val Wood said: “We were very impressed with what we saw and the amount of work that has gone into it.

“I think it’s a superb example of communities working together.”

Pershore Mayor Coun Tony Rowley said: “I think Evesham should be congratulated on the work it’s done, particularly involving the community.

“The work they’ve done is excellent and I congratulate them.,” he added.