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Partners back ambitious plan

Key figures from the world of housing, business and the voluntary sector have backed Malvern Hills District Council's ambitious plans for the future.

More than 50 people from a range of organisations attended a special partners event held in the Council Chamber on Monday, 11 April to scrutinise and discuss the council’s new five year plan.

The plan sets out three core priorities - to build stronger and healthier communities, drive economic growth and prosperity and make the most of the district's superb environment - which will guide their work up until 2021. There are almost 30 actions to be completed within the plan, ranging from delivering 400 new affordable homes to supporting businesses to survive or expand and delivering sporting activities in rural areas.

Organisations including South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, West Mercia Police, South Worcestershire Citizens' Advice Bureau, Fortis Living, Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, amongst others, were invited to Monday's event to give their views on the plan and discuss how they could help deliver the actions.

Overall there was overwhelming support for the plan with Guy Weston, Chief Executive of  Fortis Living, calling it 'a dynamic, forward looking and ambitious' while David Mahaffey, from South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group which buys in health services for the area, praised the focus on getting people more active and helping them to live independently in their old age.

Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council "I like that the plan is full of actions based on what matters to residents to make the best use of public money - top notch!"

Areas to improve included thinking more about the role planning and licensing had to play in improving people's health and ensuring there was help to keep people in housing not just support to get on the housing ladder.

The plan will be revised every 12 months and feedback from the event will form part of that review. Residents will also be asked to give their views on what the council's priorities should be in the future.

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We believe we are the only district council in the country to have a five year plan and to receive the backing of our partners was really important. Only by working together will we be able to deliver on our aims and improve the district for those living, working and visiting here."

Please visit http://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/five-year-plan to view the plan.