Large-scale developments under SWDP raises concerns

January 04 2022
Large-scale developments under SWDP raises concerns

Representatives of Whittington and Norton-juxta-Kempsey’s parish councils have expressed their concerns over the scale of development taking place under the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

They have also been frustrated by what they see as a lack of feedback on the SWDP.

Parish councillors from Whittington and Norton-juxta-Kempsey, together with their counterparts from neighbouring parishes, have had meetings with the SWDP team.

Whittington’s vice-chairman, Steve Brooker, said a number of questions had been raised during a meeting, adding: “The responses weren’t really satisfactory.”

That prompted them to ask for written responses to questions.

The joint parishes group wants to speak to parishioners about the SWDP issues during the new year.

The group had been told that commercial confidentiality prevented some information being shared but the parishes representatives wanted that to be reviewed ahead of discussions with parishioners.

Mr Brooker explained that the parish councils were not against development and that the area around Worcestershire Parkway railway station was “the right focal point to start developing”.

He added: “The bottom line is we just feel the proposals are excessive,” saying developers would “disappear” and would not fund schools or shops necessary for the increasing amount of housing.

Norton-juxta-Kempsey parish councillor John Waizeneker also attended the SWDP meeting.

He told his fellow parish councillors: “Where we want to fight the battle is the scale of it,” adding that much of what was planned was based on information dating back to 2014.

Doug Lucas, another member of Norton-juxta-Kempsey Parish Council, said: “This was before Brexit. This was before the pandemic,” citing changes to working patterns such as more working from home.

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