Views wanted on Broadwas and Cotheridge Neighbourhood Plan
Residents in Broadwas and Cotheridge can have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parishes.The draft Broadwas and Cotheridge Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2018 and 2030 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the two areas.
The draft Plan includes policies regarding new housing in the parishes and to ensure new development is appropriately designed. It also includes policies to protect key views, community facilities and employment sites, as well as proposing the designation of five new Local Green Spaces.
Neighbourhood Plans are a key part of the Government's localism agenda to give local people more of a say on issues such as where new homes, shops and offices should be built, and the design of new developments.
Broadwas and Cotheridge Parish Council have produced the document after working with the local community and have now submitted it to Malvern Hills District Council for final public consultation. This will start on Friday, 15 February and run to 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019.
Once the consultation is completed, the document will be subject to an independent examination and if approved, a referendum will be held. If more than 50 per cent of voters in the parishes back the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for Malvern Hills District, sitting alongside the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and will be used when determining planning decisions in the Broadwas and Cotheridge parishes.
Cllr Melanie Baker, Portfolio Holder for Development and Infrastructure on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This is a very important planning document that will help determine whether development proposals in the area are approved or not, so it is really important that the people of Broadwas and Cotheridge let us have their views on the plan and its proposals."
Cllr Eric Dale, Chair of Broadwas and Cotheridge Parish Council, said: "The residents of Broadwas and Cotheridge consider the rural nature of our villages as being fundamental to the character of our area. Our Neighbourhood Plan aims to maintain and improve that character and to address the needs and wishes of those who live, work, socialise and relax within the parish."
Paper copies of the plan and response forms are also available to view at libraries in Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton-upon-Severn.