Development Plan Documents (DPD's)
Development Plan Documents (DPD's) set out the strategy for development and use of land in a local authority area.
In addition to the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) DPD, the South Worcestershire Councils (Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council) have jointly agreed to produce a Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD.
Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD
The Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD will set out the updated requirement for the number of sites and pitches to be provided to meet the needs of Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in the area over the coming years. It will then allocate sites or extensions to existing sites to meet this requirement.
The timetable for preparing the Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD is set out in the Local Development Scheme.
What Have We Done So Far?
The SWDP was adopted on 25 February 2016. The SWDP includes Policy SWDP 17 - Travellers and Travelling Showpeople which:
- Sets out the accommodation needs of Travellers and Travelling Showpeople over the period to 2030;
- Outlines criteria to assess the suitability of proposals and planning applications; and
- Indicates how the need for Traveller pitches and Showpeople plots is to be addressed, including the proposal to allocate two new sites on urban extensions (in Policy SWDP 45) and the intention to prepare a Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD.
In November 2014 the six Worcestershire Districts published the Worcestershire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (GTAA) which identifies the future accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople across the County.
In 2015 the South Worcestershire Councils undertook a “call for sites” which provided an opportunity for interested parties to suggest any sites that they considered might be suitable to be allocated for Traveller or Travelling Showpeople use. This included existing sites which might be suitable for expansion or intensification as well as land for new sites. Proposals were invited for permanent residential sites or transit sites. All of the sites submitted were assessed against specific planning criteria to assess their potential suitability.
Information relating to the “call for sites” consultation can be found at the webpage link below:
- Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD – Call for Sites Consultation (2015)
Following the assessment of sites, the South Worcestershire Councils consider that seven sites may be suitable to deliver additional Traveller pitches in the next five years. These include existing Travellers sites at Hillbee Farm, Upton-upon-Severn; The Orchard, Knowle Hill, Badsey; Blossom Hill, Village Street, Aldington; The Laurels, Kemerton Rd, Bredon; and two locations in Cropthorne, at Seven Acres, Main Road and Evergreen Bank, Main Road. A new site is proposed at Crossway Green, near Stourport, where temporary planning permission is already in place for a Travellers’ site at Shorthill Caravan Park.
To meet the longer term need for pitches, the Development Plan Document includes two possible sites within the Worcester “urban extensions”, due to be built on the southern edge of the city at Broomhall and Norton Barracks and at Temple Laugherne on the western edge of Worcester.
Accordingly, a Draft Preferred Options Consultation (2016) will run from 14 March – 25 April 2016 (Regulation 18).