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Our vision is to enhance the Malvern Hills District as a destination to explore and an outstanding place to live and work.
To achieve this we have produced our Five Year Plan. This sets out a number of actions to be completed by 2025 under our three priority areas - Our Communities, Our Economy and Our Environment.
The plan will be updated every year based on feedback from our residents' survey.
Our priorities and actions for 2023/24 are also listed below:
- Continue to invest £500,000 to support and enable our communities to:
- Increase volunteer activity and support
- Bring together neighbours to feel part of their community
- Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness and promote inclusion
- Enhance mental health and well-being.
- Continue to work with communities and partners to provide cost of living support, targeting our collective resources on prevention, support, and recovery.
- Support Malvern Hills District Youth Forum priorities to improve mental wellbeing education in schools and increase environmental awareness and local action.
- Actively promote health, fitness and well-being through community outreach programmes and support for leisure centres, with 1.5mn visits in the plan period.
- Facilitate investment of at least £10mn in new open space provision, play areas, playing pitches and community facilities in the plan period.
- Continue to work with partners and communities to enable the delivery of 550 affordable new homes over five years to March 2025, and to ensure a wider provision of affordable housing options for residents.
- Minimise homelessness and rough sleeping by targeting support to those at risk.
- Promote and invest £150,000 in major flood alleviation schemes, including Tenbury and Severn Stoke.
- Invest in the refurbishment of five town centre toilets by 2025.
- Continue to provide support under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, including support into accommodation and community life.
- Create a vibrant arts community, working with Malvern Theatres and the community arts sector, to improve wellbeing, economic prosperity, and connected communities.
- Continue to enhance and make improvements to Priory Park.
- Produce a new, ambitious Economic Strategy for the district by Summer 2023 to set out how MHDC will deliver a sustainable growth plan for the future.
- Support at least 100 businesses per year to innovate and grow, through business start-up and growth programmes.
- Work with all partners on the Malvern Hills Science Park Board to deliver Phase 6 of the Science Park as a low carbon development as early as possible, and by 2027 at the very latest.
- Work with partners to deliver investment in new workspace and key employment sites increasing overall stock by at least 10% by 2025.
- Invest up to £100,000 by 2025 to provide upskilling grants to encourage local businesses to take on apprentices and graduates, and to promote Kickstart placements and other employment programmes to local residents.
- Deliver actions within the Town Centre Plans covering our 5 town centres, promoting our high streets and increasing footfall to pre-Covid levels.
- Work with Malvern Theatres to facilitate the delivery of a new extension to contribute to the local economy and cultural experience.
- Promote and develop the visitor experience of the Malverns, increasing visitor spend by 10% above 2021 levels by 2025.
- Support the tourism sector with a focus on sustainability by supporting 30 local businesses to achieve Green Mark accreditation by 2025.
- Building on the strengths of our rural businesses and communities, deliver a £500,000 Rural England Prosperity Fund capital grants programme by March 2025.
- Ensure we remain on target to reduce the council’s own greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030.
- Lead the district to become carbon neutral as soon as possible, and by 2050 at the very latest and deliver Destination Zero.
- Ensure planning policies are in place to safeguard the quality of the built environment, natural environment and energy efficiency of buildings.
- Champion sustainable travel solutions, including low carbon, community transport and active travel.
- Develop a Biodiversity Action Plan by March 2024.
- Double the amount of renewable energy generated in the district by 2030.
- Double the number of employees in the low carbon economy in the district by 2030 from a 2020 baseline.
- Improve the energy efficiency of Malvern Splash by March 2024 and Malvern Theatres by March 2027;
- Work with communities on local environmental action:
- Encourage responsible disposal of waste, including the creation of a district wide Litter Charter
- Improve the appearance of our streets, including through ‘Adopt a Street’ and Green Dog Walkers.
- Support initiatives that promote ‘refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle’.