Action to improve safety of rented homes in Worcester

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Privately rented self-contained flats in converted houses in Worcester are set to be checked to ensure they meet safety standards, including adequate heating and fire safety measures. Housing officers from Worcester City Council are working in five areas of the city to find privately rented homes that have been split into separate flats – know as H...

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New licensing rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation will benefit tenants


Additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in Worcester will be rolled out to all remaining wards, if councillors back the scheme. When the City Council's Communities Committee meets next week, councillors will be asked to approve the change which will mean that HMO properties with fewer than five occupants will need to be license...

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Have your say on housing strategy

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Worcester residents are being asked to give their views on a new housing strategy that sets out how the needs of city residents will be met over a 20-year period in Worcester and the wider county. The draft Worcestershire Housing Strategy sets out proposed policies for meeting the future housing needs of people who live in the city and county and a...

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Help and advice for dealing with damp and mould in the home


Tenants and homeowners in Worcester are urged to keep an eye out for damp and mould in their houses; to know how to make simple changes which can reduce the issue - and when to call in the experts. Most homes suffer from damp to some degree, usually caused by condensation in the home. However, if the problem is excessive, it could be caused by issu...

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Have your say on proposed new licensing rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation


Worcester residents are invited to have their say on the expansion of additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) in the city. A House in Multiple Occupancy is defined as a property where three or more people in two or more households share a basic amenity such as a toilet, a bathroom or kitchen facilities. HMOs with occupancy of f...

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Extra support for Ukrainian guests in Worcester

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 Extra financial support is to be provided to Ukrainian guests and the families who are hosting them in Worcester. The City Council has agreed to use its share of a Government funding pot to help with rising energy bills and the additional costs that Christmas will bring for Ukrainian guests living in the city, among other support. For host fa...

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Consultation starts on South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

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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...

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Councillors to consider bold plan for South Worcestershire’s future

A key planning document that will shape the way South Worcestershire develops over the next 20 years is set to be considered by councillors. The review of the existing South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) sets out Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils' vision for the area up to 2041. It includes a Government ...

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New timetable for SWDP Review announced

A consultation on a draft of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will take place later this year, subject to approval by councillors. The Regulation 19 Publication – effectively a draft of the plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – will be published in October when it will be considered by councillors ...

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Delay to publication of revised South Worcestershire Development Plan

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The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

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City Council acts to tackle untidy empty homes in Worcester

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Worcester City Council has taken action to tidy up four empty and neglected properties in the city over the past 12 months. The work has included the removal of household waste the and the clearance of very overgrown gardens, in an effort to prevent the houses becoming a blight on their neighbourhoods. Using its planning powers, the Council has the...

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£1.5 million to insulate Worcester homes and save energy


Worcester City Council has successfully applied for £1,525,900 of Government funding to improve the energy efficiency of local properties – cutting CO2 emissions and helping to reduce fuel poverty. The funding, which has been received from Government's Green Homes Grant scheme, is being used to improve the energy efficiency of Worcester homes where...

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NRLA & Worcestershire District Councils Joint Landlord Meeting

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For this year's Landlords' Forum we have gone bigger and better by working with all Worcestershire district councils and the National Residential Landlords Association! We are bringing you a joint Worcestershire forum for all landlords and letting agents across Worcestershire. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the forum will be streame...

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