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Droitwich Spa Town Council

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Publication Consultation (Regulation 19)

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

7th November 2022

PRESS STATEMENT

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Publication Consultation (Regulation 19)

Droitwich Spa Town Council are pleased to invite residents to a Public Presentation and Questions & Answers Session with regard to the above Review proposals, within the designated Parish area. The meeting will take place at 6.00pm on Monday 21st November 2022 at the Community Hall (Main Hall) on Heritage Way, Droitwich Spa. The arrangements are an open public meeting facilitated and hosted by Droitwich Spa Town Council. The Agenda for the Meeting is as follows,

  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview of format by Councillor GR Brookes – Leader of Droitwich Spa Town Council & Chairman of the Town Council Planning Committee.
  • A short presentation covering the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review in concept and details of the proposals outlined within the Municipal boundary area of Droitwich Spa – To be presented by Officers from the local Planning Authority- Wychavon District Council.
  • Questions & Answers Session – providing an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the presentation and Review proposals to representatives from Wychavon District Council Planning Department.

The SWDPR is currently within a six week consultation period until 13th December 2022, full details are outlined below. Residents are encouraged to view and submit feedback digitally or by the printed media form within this timescale. Following the public consultation presentation meeting on 21st November, Droitwich Spa Town Council will consider a Corporate Opinion response as part of the next scheduled Planning Committee meeting that takes place on 5th December 2022.    

Public consultation on the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Publication Consultation (Regulation 19) was approved by each of the South Worcestershire Councils in October 2022. This draft version of the Local Plan is known as the Publication Plan. The consultation begins on 1 November 2022 and closes at 23:59 on 13 December 2022. This final draft of the Plan has been informed by earlier consultation responses received during the Issues and Options consultation in November 2018 and the Preferred Options consultation in November 2019 and updated technical evidence. This is the last public consultation on the Plan prior to it being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent Examination.

The Regulation 19 consultation is specifically seeking views on the following:

• Legal Compliance – does the plan meet the legal requirements made under relevant legislation?

• Soundness – has the plan been positively prepared, justified, effective, and consistent with national policy?

Submitting your representations. The attached Statement of Representations Procedure provides more information on how to submit comments on the Plan. Representations can be made via our online portal [Consultation Portal - Keystone (objective.co.uk)], or by completing the representations form and returning it to the address provided by the close of the consultation period. Further information can be found on the SWDP Review Publication Consultation webpage of the SWDP website:

 

www.swdevelopmentplan.org

 

The SWDP Review Publication Consultation (Regulation 19) Plan is supported by two important documents which are published alongside the Plan. These are the Publication Draft Sustainability Appraisal and the Publication Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment and representations are also welcomed on these two documents as part of the consultation. Other topic-based documents are included within the wider Evidence Base which can be viewed on the SWDP website.

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