Why I Voted Against the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)

The SWDP is essentially the planning blueprint for Malvern, Worcester City and Wychavon. Under review, once complete, it will run until 2041.

This document is incredibly important. Decisions taken now, will affect our lives and those of future generations, now and forever.

I have reviewed the document and Claines has been allocated green field sites situated just outside the Worcester border. Any financial benefit I suspect will be awarded to Wychavon District Council. Increased pressure on infrastructure and available services awarded to Worcester City Council.

A further 200 homes have been allocated for development in Claines. A major concern is the “Donkey Field” , a significant green space with far reaching views to Grimley and Hallow. Adding to this, further green space, between Bevere Lane and the ongoing development land formerly known as Gwillam’s Farm.

Existing allocations, Old Northwick Farm famous for flooding amongst local residents, remains. Unviable as a site, one private developer, has already sold on.

Consultation starts soon. Do comment. Objections will be taken into account but must link to planning regulations to carry any weight.

I will provide updates on this on a regular basis. Any particular ideas, thoughts or further concerns around this, do contact me.