Housing-Strategic Housing Services

Strategic Housing Service

The Strategic Housing & Community Activity Service has four service areas that have close links and working relationships:

  1. The Strategic Housing Service Area
  2. The Housing and Welfare Options Service Area
  3. Private Sector Housing Service Area

The Strategic Housing Service Area

The Council responds to national, regional and local priorities and ensures that sufficient multi-tenure housing is provided to meet the needs of a changing population.

The Strategic Housing Service Area works to provide affordable, safe and secure homes throughout the City.

This involves ensuring the delivery of more good quality affordable homes, making better use of the existing housing stock and facilitating better, more accessible, housing services and choice for residents.

To fulfil this role we are required to develop, implement and evaluate the success of housing strategies, co-ordinating the involvement of stakeholders and partners in the strategic process.

It entails building excellent working relationships with partner agencies to ensure that the quality of housing available is appropriate to the needs of current and future residents.

  • Effective internal and external partnerships working, both locally and regionally, improves services to ensure that people in housing need receive suitable advice and have access to a range of housing options.
  • Effective action to increase homelessness prevention and helps vulnerable people to live independently in their homes.
  • Partnership working
  • Enabling the delivery of affordable and supported housing to meet the diverse housing needs of the community
  • Indirectly assisting with the commissioning of other support services through liaison with the County Council (social services authority)
  • Monitor No Second Night Out (NSNO)Rough Sleeping in the City
  • Directly commissioning specific support services for  vulnerable clients such as  CCP
  • Gathers relevant data in order to monitor and provide data for internal and external purposes such as Department for Communities and
  • Local Government (DGLG) .The Department for Communities and Local Government's job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area. DCLG is a ministerial department, supported by 11 agencies and public bodies

Development of housing policies and strategies

The Housing and Welfare Options Service Area

  • Provides the statutory assessment of homelessness.
  • Provides temporary and emergency accommodation for homeless households where appropriate
  • Provides advice and assistance for non statutory homeless clients
  • Works to prevent homelessness through casework, advice and support
  • Develops a homelessness strategy and seeks resources to develop new services
  • The shared Countywide Choice Based Lettings Register  Home Choice Plus and Allocations Policy
  • Provision of the Integrated Gateways Service (IGS)  which aims to make a real difference for single homeless
  • South Worcestershire Discretionary Welfare Assistance Scheme

( DWAS)

Private Sector Housing Service Area

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Housing-Strategies

Housing Strategies

Strategic Housing Services works to a number of key strategies and documents to make sure that we achieve our aims and make sure our vision becomes a reality.

Our Aims 

The key aims of Strategic Housing Services are to;

  • Assess local housing needs and understand the local housing market.
  • Develop effective partnerships to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  • Prevent and minimize homelessness.
  • Improve conditions in the private sector.
  • Enable people to live independently in their own homes.

Strategies & Policies

Title

Description

Private Sector Stock Conditions Survey 2015 This report provides a review of the current condition of private dwellings across the city, to assess the impact of recent policies and initiatives, and to enable informed decisions to be made relating to future private sector housing policies and potential intervention programmes.

Housing Assistance Policy

The Housing Assistance Policy, sets out the basis on which an agent working on behalf of Worcester City Council will offer financial assistance for works of repair or renewal in the private housing sector.  The document outlines a range of financial assistance and the key objective of the policy is to assist vulnerable people to achieve decent, suitable and affordable homes in sustainable communities. It is to be read in conjunction with the City Council's Private Sector Housing Renewal Strategy which is currently being updated and subject to review.

Housing Enforcement Policy

The Housing Act 2004 introduced powers for local authorities to assess housing conditions and contained a package of enforcement measures. These powers, together with other legislation such as the Housing Act 1985 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, can be used to tackle poor housing conditions. The purpose of the enforcement policy is to outline the Council's approach to tackling poor housing conditions particularly in the private sector and the approach we will take when considering enforcement action ensuring that we deal with everyone in a consistent and fair way.

Worcestershire Strategic  Housing Partnership Plan 

The Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan (Plan) is the overarching document setting the strategic direction for housing across Worcestershire. It recognises that to maximise the health, wealth and wellbeing of the residents of Worcestershire and make the most effective use of existing resources, we need to work very closely with partner organisations across a range of sectors.

Worcester City Tenancy Strategy

In response to the Localism Act (2012), the Worcester City Tenancy Strategy has been developed:
 

  • To ensure that affordable housing meets local housing need
  • To provide guidance and direction to RP partners in the development of their tenancy policies
  • To provide a framework for up to date knowledge of the housing market in Worcestershire that can then be used to inform policy and practice
  • To indicate to tenants and prospective tenants what they can expect from their tenancy

Worcester City Private Sector Renewal Strategy

The Worcester City Private Sector Renewal Strategy sets out how we will improve conditions within the private sector and enable people to remain in their own homes.

Worcester City Empty Homes Strategy

The Worcester City Empty Homes Strategy sets out how we will bring empty homes in the city back into use.

Worcester City Affordable Warmth Strategy

The Affordable Warmth Strategy sets out how we will tackle fuel poverty in the City.

Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment

The Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment sets out the patterns of demand, need and aspirations of existing and potential residents of Worcester City and an indication of the level and nature of need for affordable housing.

To purchase a copy please send a cheque for £10.00 to Strategic Housing, Orchard House Complex, Farrier Street, Worcester, WR1 3BB made payable to Worcester City Council. Once the cheque has been received the document will be dispatched

Worcester SHMA 2012 Overview Report

Worcestershire SHMA 2012 Main Report

Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

The Act requires that every energy conservation authority prepares a report to send to the Secretary of State. The report will be required to be published on the authorities website with a link sent to the Secretary of State by the specified date.

"The report shall set out energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area"

Definitions- "energy conservation authority" means a local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985 "energy conservation measures" includes information, advice, education, promotion, making grants and loans and carrying out works "residential accommodation" means premises occupied or intended to be occupied as a separate dwelling and forming the whole or part of a building

Private Sector Housing Research Project 2012 

This report has been prepared following an instruction from Worcester City Council to undertake an investigation into the best use of a commuted sum arising through Planning Obligations made under section 106 (as amended) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The brief includes a specific requirement to give an indication of the level of spend required for each proposal along with: Empty Properties,Licensing,Delivery of New Affordable Housing Units on Identified Sites and Access to Home Ownership.   

 

 

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Housing - Contact Details

Contact Details

If you would like to speak to somebody for housing advice or homelessness enquiries, you can contact the team as follows:

Tel:  01905 722589

Email:  housing@worcester.gov.uk

If you are concerned that you are at risk of becoming homeless, it is really important that you seek advice at the earliest opportunity.

If you could please complete the following form, this will be sent directly to our housing officers who will make contact with you to discuss your housing options:-

Homeless Self Assessment Form

Postal Address

Postal Address

The Guildhall
High Street
Worcester
WR1 2EY

Out of hours

If you find that you have become homeless out of hours and have no where to stay you can contact the Emergency Homeless Out Of Hours Number: 01562 733178

Compliments, Comments and Complaints

You can register a compliment, comment or complaint about us using an on-line form.

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Parking-Residents Parking Permits

Residents Parking Permits

In certain locations in Worcester City we have introduced residents parking schemes where, upon the purchase and display of a permit, residents are able to park close to their properties. The table below details the scheme.

Zone

For the residents of

To park in

Number of permits allowed

Price of permits

T

Spring Lane

Spring Hill

Hill Street


 

Any marked bay on Tallow Hill Car Park

1 permit per household

£30 per permit

P

Severn Terrace

*Permits are only available for house numbers 1 - 27 Severn Terrace

(odd numbers only)

Any marked bay on the Pitchcroft/Moors Car Park

2 permits per household

£30 per permit

B

The Moors

Moor Street

Back Lane South

Albany Terrace

Britannia Square

Braymoor Road

Britannia Road  - from it’s junction with Moor Street to it’s junction with Britannia Square

In marked residents bays in Britannia Square, Back Lane South, Albany Terrace, Back Lane North

No limit

£30 per permit

E

College Precincts

Edgar Street

King Street

Castle Place

Severn Street

In marked residents and pay & display bays in Severn Street and Edgar Street

3 permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

C

York Place

Windmill Close

22, 24, & 24a Albany Terrace

In the roads of York Place and Windmill Close

3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

St George's Square

St Georges Square

St Georges Lane North (numbers 1 – 35)

Barbourne Road (numbers 32 – 48 on east side only)

In marked residents bays in St George's Square, St George's Lane North & Barbourne Road

3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

Sabrina Terrace

Sabrina Terrace

Thorneloe Road – ONLY in relation to the property currently known as Inchmery

Stephenson Road
(Numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 &13)

In marked residents bays in Sabrina Terrace.

3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

Hebb Street

Ashcroft Road, Brewery Walk, Leicester Street and Hebb Street

In the roads of Ashcroft Road, Brewery Walk, Leicester Street and Hebb Street

3 Permits per household

First permit £30

 

Second permit £40

 

Third permit £60
Henwick Road Henwick Road In marked bays in Henwick Road. 3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

Barbourne Terrace Barbourne Terrace In marked bays in Barbourne Terrace 3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

White Ladies Close White Ladies Close (1 to 19)
Cumberland Street (1 to 30)
Lansdowne Street (19 to 49)
In the roads of White Ladies Close, Cumberland Street and Lansdowne Street. 3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

Duplicate(lost) £5

Lansdowne Road

Lansdowne Road (81 to 95)

Till Street (1 and 1a)

Lansdowne Road 3 Permits per household

First permit £30

Second permit £40

Third permit £60

Duplicate(lost) £5

  • Permits are only available to residents.
  • Permits are only available for house numbers 1 – 27 Severn Terrace (odd numbers only)
  • Proof of residency must be provided. (e.g. Council tax bill, utility bill, rent book )
  • Proof of vehicle ownership must be provided on application (i.e. vehicle registration document)
  • Only 1 Permit per vehicle.
  • Permits do not allow the permit holder to reserve a space.
  • Permits should be surrendered when the residency has ceased.
  • Refunds are available on a pro-rata basis, only on whole months unused.
  • Permits expire annually, and it is the permit holder's responsibility to renew.
  • Permits must be clearly displayed in the windscreen of the vehicle so they can be seen from outside the vehicle.
  • If a valid permit is not displayed clearly a Penalty Charge Notice may be issued.

Before applying for a parking permit please read the notes for applicants of parking permits.

Application Forms

Residents interested in applying for a permit should click on the relevant link below for an application form:

ZONE T   Tallow Hill Car Park Application Form (not eligible for visitor scratch permits)

ZONE P   Pitchcroft/Moors Car Park Application Form (not eligible for visitor scratch permits)

ZONE B   Britannia Square Area Application Form (not eligible for visitor scratch permits)

ZONE E   Edgar Street Area Application Form

ZONE C   York Place/Windmill Close Area Application Form

ST GEORGE' SQUARE  St George's Square Area Application Form

SABRINA TERRACE  Sabrina Terrace Area Application Form

HEBB STREET  Hebb Street Area Application Form

HENWICK ROAD Henwick Road Area Application Form

BARBOURNE TERRACE Barbourne Terrace Application Form

WHITE LADIES CLOSE White Ladies Close Application Form

LANSDOWNE ROAD Lansdowne Road Application Form

Vehicle Exchange Form

 

Please print the form and complete the required information and return to us with the relevant documentation and payment. Once authorised, a permit will be dispatched shortly afterwards.

Visitor Scratch Permits Application Form

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Freedom of Information: Business Rates

Business Rates Datasets

Worcester City Council receives regular FOI requests for information about business properties in the council's area.  As many of these requests are for similar information we are now making the following commonly requested data available:

  1. All business properties in Worcester City
  2. Empty Properties
  3. Properties receiving Charitable or Rural Rate Relief
  4. Properties receiving Small Business Rate Relief
  5. Properties receiving Retail Relief
  6. New accounts in the previous 3 months
  7. Accounts with credit balances

Each set of data will be updated in January, April, July and October each year.

Notes about the data

  • The ratepayers name and correspondence address will only be shown for companies and other organisations. If the ratepayer is a person those fields will be blank as required by Data Protection rules.
  • The ratepayer is responsible for paying the rates but may not be the owner of the property. You can find out who owns a property from the Land Registry
  • Our property reference number is also used by the Valuation Office  Agency (VOA) which values property for rating purposes on behalf of the government. You can find more information about the valuation of a property, including previous rateable values, by using the property reference number on the VOA website
  • We do not disclose account reference numbers as they are personal to the ratepayer and are used to confirm identity.

All Business Properties

This list includes all properties in the Worcester City Council area that are subject to business rates. The data includes property reference and address, ratepayers name and correspondence address, date the ratepayer became liable, rateable value and description.

This list also contains an indicator showing whether the property appears in any of the other lists.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 4 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 3 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 2 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 1 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 4 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 3 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 2 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 1 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 All business properties.pdf All business properties.csv

Empty Properties

This list includes all business properties that are empty. The data includes the date the property became empty and the exemption type (if applicable). Business rates are not charged for the first 3 months that a property is empty or the first 6 months if it is industrial. After that full rates are payable unless the property is exempt.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 4 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 3 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 2 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2017-18 Quarter 1 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 4 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 3 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 2 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2016-17 Quarter 1 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 Empty Properties.pdf Empty Properties.csv

Charitable and Rural Rate Relief

This list includes properties where the ratepayer is receiving mandatory or discretionary charitable rate relief or rural rate relief. The data includes the type of relief and the percentage awarded.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 4 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 3 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 2 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 1 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 4 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 3 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 2 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 1 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv

Small Business Rate Relief

This list includes all properties where the ratepayer receives small business rate relief. The data includes the amount of relief awarded.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 4 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 3 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 2 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2017-18 Quarter 1 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 4 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 3 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 Quarter 2 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 1 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 Small Business Rate Relief.pdf Small Business Rate Relief.csv

New accounts per quarter

This list includes all properties where the ratepayer became liable from a date in the previous quarter. For example, the data published in July will include properties where the ratepayer became liable in April, May or June. The data includes the liability start date.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 4 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 3 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 2 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 1 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 4 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 3 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 2 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 1 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 New accounts.pdf New accounts.csv

Accounts in Credit

This list includes accounts that have a credit balance. The data includes the credit amount and the financial year it relates to. If you think you are entitled to an amount in this list you will need to provide proof of your entitlement and your bank account details to enable a refund to be made.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 4 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 3 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 2 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 1 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 4 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 3 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 2 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2016-17 - Quarter 1 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv
2015-16 - Quarter 4 Accounts in Credit.pdf Accounts in Credit.csv

Write Ons

This list includes accounts with credits added. Write Ons are credits that have been ‘written on’ to the system if we’ve not received bank details, or have had no previous contact from Business Rate payer.

Period PDF CSV
2018-19 Quarter 2 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv
2018-19 Quarter 1 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 4 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 3 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 2 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv
2017-18 - Quarter 1 Write Ons.pdf Write Ons.csv

Retail Relief

This list includes all properties where the ratepayer receives retail relief. This relief can be given to properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less that are used for retail purposes. The data includes the amount of relief awarded.

Please note - we no longer offer retail relief from Quarter 1 2016-2017.

Period PDF CSV
2015-16 - Quarter 4 Retail Relief.pdf Retail Relief.csv

If the data you require is not included in these lists you should send an FOI request to foi@worcester.gov.uk

 

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Public Toilets

Public Toilets

Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council provide a number of public toilets throughout Worcester.

Location Type Disabled Opening Hours Postcode Cost
Angel Place Male & Female Unisex

7am - 5pm Mon-Sat
9:30am - 4pm Sun

WR1 3QS £0.20
Cornmarket Male & Female Unisex 24 Hours WR1 2DR £0.20
Croft Road Male & Female Unisex 7am - 8pm Mon-Sat WR1 3EJ £0.20
Cripplegate Park Unisex Unisex 7am - 8pm Mon-Sat WR2 5BA £0.20
Gheluvelt Park Male & Female Unisex
(RADAR - Key)
9:30am - 3pm Mon-Sat WR1 3ET FREE
Gheluvelt Park - Sons of Rest Unisex Unisex 9:30am - 3pm Mon-Sun WR1 3ET FREE
Astwood Cemetery Male & Female Unisex
(RADAR - Key)
9am - 4pm Mon-Sat WR3 8HA FREE
Guildhall Male & Female Unisex 9am - 4pm Mon-Fri WR1 2EY FREE
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum Male & Female Unisex 10:30am - 4:30pm
Mon - Sat
WR1 1DT FREE
Worcester Woods Country Park Male & Female Unisex 9am - 5pm Mon-Sun WR5 2LG FREE
The Hive Male & Female Unisex
(RADAR - Key)
8:30am - 10pm Mon - Sun WR1 3PB FREE
Worcestershire County Hall Male & Female Unisex 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday WR5 2NP FREE
St John's Library Male & Female Unisex

9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
9am - 4pm Saturday

WR2 5AX FREE

A few of the disabled facilities require a RADAR-key, and available to Blue Badge holders.

RADAR-keys can be purchased from online retailers or via Argos.

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Environmental Enforcement

Environmental Enforcement

Worcester City Council is responsible for providing Environmental Enforcement in Worcester. This enforcement compliments the work that the Council and other agencies do to make Worcester a clean and pleasant place in which to live, work and visit. Worcester City Council takes it`s role in preventing and dealing with Environmental Crime very seriously.


Flytipping

Environmental Enforcement includes dealing with the below offences, all of which can have a significant impact on the local environment.

  • Dog Fouling.
  • Littering.
  • Graffiti.
  • Fly-Tipping.
  • Fly-Posting.
  • Abandoned & Nuisance vehicles
  • The control of ` A ` Boards on the Highway.
  • Presentation of Trade Waste.

Any person contravening the above may be guilty of committing a Criminal Offence.

Uniformed  Enforcement Officers patrol the streets of the City using powers at their disposal under legislation such as Environmental Protection Act 2000 and are empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to persons suspected of committing an Environmental Crime.

Officers have powers to demand the name and address of anyone suspected of committing an Environmental Crime. It is also a Criminal Offence to refuse to supply your name and address or to give false or misleading information.

A Fixed Penalty Notice allows the person to avoid the need to attend a formal hearing at a Magistrates Court and the amount of the penalty will always be that stated on the notice.

Where a person declines to accept a Fixed Penalty Notice, Worcester City Council is at liberty to present the facts before the Magistrates and if found guilty the fine may be a maximum of £1000.

Where a person has accepted  a Fixed Penalty Notice but then wishes to appeal against it`s issue, then that appeal must be made to the Magistrates not to Worcester City Council. Worcester City Council have no powers to consider appeals.

This is the list of offences that Worcester City Council enforce, together with potential penalties. The patrolling Officer will hand the suspected offender this pink slip with the Fixed Penalty Notice. The Fixed Penalty Notice contains information on payment methods.

Offence Full Amount of Penalty Max` Penalty on Conviction Section & Legislation
Depositing Litter £75 £2,500 Section 87/88 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to remove dog faeces £70 £1,000 Section 67/68 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Failure to comply with a Waste Receptacles Notice [Household Waste] £60 N/A Section 46, 47A / 47B Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to comply with a Community Protection Order Max £100 £2,500
(individual)
Unlimited (Company) 
Section 48 & 52 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014
Fly-posting or Graffiti £50 / £75 £2,500 or imprisonment in respect of graffiti Section 43/43A Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003
Unauthorised
distribution of free printed matter
£75 £2,500 Schedule 3A, Para. 1 & 7 Environmental Protection Act 1990
Failure to produce authority (Waste Carriers Licence) £300 £5,000 Sections 1, 5 & 5B Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
Unauthorised display of advertisement £100 £2,500 Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 Section 43, Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Section 224(3)
Nuisance Parking £100 £2,500 Section 3, 4, 6 Clean Neighbourhood Act 2005
Abandoning a vehicle £200 £2,500 and/or 3 months imprisonment Section 2, 2A(1) Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978
Fly-tipping (£150-£400) Fine determined by court Section 33/33ZA Environmental Protection Act 1990

Any appeal against the issue of this Fixed Penalty Notice must be made to the Magistrates Court and not to Worcester City Council.

Environmental Enforcement Policy

Worcester City Council is committed to providing for the benefit of both residents and visitors to the City alike, a clean, green and safe place in which to live, work, study and play.The delivery of an effective Environmental Enforcement Policy supports the delivery of the Council’s City Plan specifically Sustaining and Improving our Assets and creating a Healthy and Active City in terms of developing a quality environment that will contribute to the overall look and feel of the City. The policy sets out the approach that Worcester City Council will take when deciding how, where and when enforcement action may be taken.

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Worcester City Centre Masterplan

Worcester city centre masterplan

Comprehensive masterplan for the city centre extending to 2040’s providing a planning framework and guiding public and private investment.

City Centre - Riverside

Image courtesy of Node.

Welcome to the city centre masterplan which will create:

  • A successful and growing Cathedral and University City, with more homes, businesses and jobs.
  • A City with prestige tourist, education and retail attractions.
  • A place that maintains its “city in the country” feel, its valued heritage assets and environmental quality.

The masterplan defines key development and public realm projects that can have transformational impact on Worcester. The masterplan can provide the following headline figures:

Food and beverages Up to 75 new bars, cafes and restaurants
Retail Up to 20,000 m2 new retail space
Residential Between 2,000 and 2,350 new residential units
Office/Employment Up to 110,000 m new office and employment space
Education Up to 16,000 m2 new knowledge and innovation space
Leisure Up to 15,000 m2 new leisure space
Hotel Two new hotels providing up to 15,000 m2 space

A vision for Worcester

Draft city centre masterplan consultation document

Please read the draft city centre masterplan consultation document before completing the questionnaire.


Masterplan

Questionnaire

To help us develop and fine tune the draft Worcester city centre masterplan, we would be very grateful if you could take the time to answer the following questions.

Complete the questionnaire

All comments made will be analysed and the results published once this consultation period ends.  Your views will be contributing to the long term future of Worcester city centre.

Closing date: 7 November 2018

Draft full documents

  1. Masterplan - Chapter 1 (6.2 Mb)
  2. Masterplan - Chapter 2 (49.5 Mb)
  3. Masterplan - Chapter 3 (4 Mb)
  4. Masterplan - Chapter 4.1 (29 Mb)
  5. Masterplan - Chapter 4.2 (22.5 Mb)
  6. Masterplan - Chapter 4.3 (23 Mb)
  7. Masterplan - Chapter 4.4 (21 Mb)
  8. Masterplan - Chapter 5 (0.5 Mb)
  9. Appendix 1 - Literature Review (2.1 Mb) 
  10. Appendix 2 - Heritage Analysis (18.9 Mb)
  11. Appendix 3 - Summary of Engagement (10.8 Mb)

 

 

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Planning: How Do I Search for a Planning Application?

Searching for a Planning Application?

Background

Our Planning Search service currently offers access to all applications received by the City Council since 1947. It also allows customers to view submitted plans, decision notices and make comments on our undetermined applications. Some useful guidance on how best to use the search service including the facility for electronic measuring of drawings.

The search function is now the only way of viewing planning applications. If you need help viewing applications it is possible to use the public computers on the ground floor of The Hive with the support of Worcestershire Hub Staff.

The City Council has a full record of every planning application since 1947 called The Planning Register. We have two search methods to view all of our planning applications within our planning register.

The Planning Search Service allows interested parties to make representations on undetermined applications, please note that The City Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act will in most cases publish your comments on the Internet including your name and address whilst redacting personal information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. It is preferable if you comment on a planning application online and it is recommended that you review the advice on making comments before doing so.

If you experience any technical problems when using our webpages then please let us know by email at planning@worcester.gov.uk

Planning Application Search (including the weekly planning lists)

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View current planning applications

Important information:  If you are searching an application reference which ends with 'A' i.e.. P16Q0009A then we wish to advise that these have changed to the following format 'letter100number' i.e. P16Q1009.

You can view the weekly lists of applications by simply completing the Received and Decided  date fields - please note that the above fields can remain blank 

Applications received between 1992 - Present Day

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View historical planning applications

View planning register index cards

Historic planning applications received between 1947 - 1992 (Historical search maybe less detailed)

Planning register index cards between 1947 - March 2016

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Licensing - Small Society Lotteries C2

Small society lotteries

Society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society. A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for charitable purposes, it enables participation in, or supporting of, sport, athletics and cultural activities and for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

What are the limits placed on small society lotteries?

The limits are as follows:

  • At least 20% of the lottery proceeds must be applied to the purposes of the society
  • No single prize may be worth more than £25,000
  • Rollovers between lotteries are only permitted where every lottery affected is also a small society lottery promoted by the same society, and the maximum single prize is £25,000
  • Every ticket in the lottery must cost the same and the ticket fee must be paid to the society (i.e. the society must take payment) before entry into the draw is allowed
  • The total value of tickets for sale for single lottery cannot exceed £20,000
  • The annual value of tickets for all lotteries per calendar year must not exceed £250,000

If you plan to exceed any of these limits, you must be licensed with the Gambling Commission.

Further guidance on small society lotteries is provided below:

Small Society Lottery Guidance Notes

Registration

You must register your small society lottery with the council in the area where your principal office is located. To apply for registration with us, please complete the form below.

Application form

Once completed the form should be returned to us at:

Licensing, Worcester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

The fee to apply for registration as a small society lottery is £40.

Once a society is registered there is an annual fee of £20 to maintain their registration. If this fee is not paid, the registration will be cancelled.

Tickets

Holders of a small society lottery can sell tickets prior to the event. Tickets can either be physical or virtual (for example an email). Tickets must show:

  • The name of the promoting society;
  • The price of the ticket (here is no maximum price you can charge for a ticket, however all tickets must cost the same);
  • The name and address of the member of the society who is designated as having responsibility at the society for promotion of the lottery or the external lottery manager; and
  • The date of the draw, or such information, which enables the date of the draw to be determined.

The requirement to provide this information can be satisfied by providing an opportunity for the participant to retain the message electronically or print it.

Lottery Returns

After each lottery, the promoting society of a small society lottery must send certain information as returns to the licensing authority with which it is registered. This information allows us to assess, in particular, whether the financial limits are being followed and to ensure that any money raised is being applied for the proper purpose. The information that must be submitted is as follows:

  • The arrangements for the lottery - specifically the date on which tickets were available for sale or supply, the dates of any draw and the value of prizes, including any donated prizes and any rollover
  • The proceeds of the lottery
  • The amounts deducted by the promoters of the lottery in providing prizes, including prizes in accordance with any rollovers
  • The amounts deducted by the promoters of the lottery in respect of costs incurred in organising the lottery
  • Whether any expenses incurred in connection with the lottery were not paid for by deduction from the proceeds, and, if so, the amount of expenses and the sources from which they were paid
  • The amount applied to the purpose for which the promoting society is conducted (this must be at least 20% of the proceeds)

The return must be sent no later than three months after the date of the lottery draw, or in the case of 'instant lotteries (scratch cards) within three months of the last date on which tickets were on sale and be signed (electronic signatures are acceptable if the return is sent electronically) by two members of the society, who must be aged eighteen or older, are appointed for the purpose in writing by the society or, if it has one, its governing body, and accompanied by a copy of their letter or letters of appointment.

A template for making information returns can be downloaded below:

Financial Return form

 

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