Worcester City Council Annual Survey 2022
We all want a city that is prosperous, accessible, diverse, inclusive and makes the most of its heritage; with great opportunities for work, leisure, sport and tourism alongside a quality of life that is attractive to all.
The City Council is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to serving Worcester’s 103,900 residents, but we face tough decisions as we consider how your money should be spent and what our priorities should be for the year ahead.
It is important that our priorities reflect what matters most to our residents and businesses so we want to hear your views about the Council and the services we provide.
The information from this consultation will help us to plan our work and set our budget for 2023-2024. It will also be used to inform our refreshed City Plan.
The deadline for responses is 27 November 2022.
Proposed new political map for Worcester City Council
New boundaries are being proposed for Worcester City Council’s electoral wards.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the recommendations. The Commission is proposing that there should be 35 councillors in the future, representing five three-councilor wards and ten two-councilor wards. Twelve of the wards will change and three will remain the same
Proposed changes include:
- The existing Cathedral ward will be split into two (City Centre and Fort Royal)
- The existing Gorse Hill and Warndon wards will be merged, with some electors moved into Nunnery ward
The 10-week consultation on the proposals runs until 9 January 2023.
Worcestershire Homeless and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2022-2025
Local Authorities have a duty to publish a Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy every five years outlining our plans for the prevention of homelessness and for ensuring that sufficient accommodation and support are or will be available for people who become homeless or who are at risk of becoming so.
Our new Worcestershire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2022-2025 is the result of a collaboration between the local housing authorities and partners across the County.
South Worcestershire Development Plan Review
A six-week public consultation has started on a key planning document that will shape the future development of south Worcestershire.
The revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) allocates land for 13,240 additional new homes and 290.7 hectares of employment land to be delivered by 2041. This will help meet the Government requirement to allocate land to build 26,360 new homes and 350.5 hectares of employment land across south Worcestershire from 2021 to 2041. Not all sites in the Plan are new, with some being carried over from the last version of the SWDP and sites that already have planning permission being taken into account.
The majority of the new housing will be met through strategic growth sites at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton, Rushwick, and Mitton.
The public are being asked to comment on whether they consider the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan is sound and legally compliant.
This consultation runs until 11.59pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022
Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in south Worcestershire
Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils are inviting comments on the provision of sites for Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. The councils have prepared a Development Plan Document which includes information on the accommodation needs of Travellers and Travelling Showpeople across south Worcestershire.
The document includes policies which seek to ensure that future Traveller sites are appropriately located and designed. It proposes additional pitches on two existing Traveller sites at Newlands in Malvern, and Charlton, near Pershore. Two existing sites at Aldington and Evesham are also allocated in case the latest planning permissions lapse.
To help meet the medium-to-longer-term needs of Travellers or Travelling Showpeople, new sites are also proposed on the new and expanded settlements outlined in the revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton, and Rushwick; together with sites on each of the urban extensions at Worcester South and Worcester West.
The consultation, which asks people to comment on whether they believe the Development Plan Document is sound and legally compliant, runs until 11.59pm on Tuesday 13 December 2022.