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Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

A public consultation has started on an important document supporting the development of new homes across South Worcestershire over the next two decades. The sustainability appraisal sets out how sites and policies in the revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) balance economic and social factors with protecting the environment, which ...
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Your chance to find out how to be a city councillor

If you're thinking of standing as a councillor in May's Worcester City Council election, you won't want to miss an upcoming special online briefing session.The events will give prospective candidates – and their potential agents – all the essential information they need to know about the elections.The briefing will be held at 6pm on Monday March 15...
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Worcester City Council sets £10.7m budget

Worcester City councillors have unanimously approved a £10.75 million budget for 2021-22, including a range of initiatives to help the city recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. Major initiatives to regenerate parts of the city centre, more and improved housing, and improvements to the Astwood Crematorium will all be supported by the 2021-...
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Census 2021 – Ensuring the big decisions are made on the best information

Census 2021 will be key to making sure the big decisions across Worcestershire and the whole country on the future of our hospitals, schools, transport and other public services, following the pandemic and EU exit, are based on the best information possible. Run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census – taking place on March 21 - is...
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How will you vote in May’s local elections?

Worcester residents are being encouraged to think about how they want to vote in the local elections in May.Three elections will take place in the city on Thursday May 6, with voters asked to choose their County Councillor, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia and – in some areas of the city – their City Councillor.Polling stations wil...
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Sanctuary chosen as development partner for Sansome Walk site

Sanctuary Group has been named as the developer of the former swimming pool site at Sansome Walk in Worcester. The City Council, which currently owns the land, announced the decision to sell the site following a fresh open competitive procurement process. Sanctuary previously looked set to take over the site under proposals for a development of 76 ...
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SWDP review to be published following COVID-19 delay

The South Worcestershire Development Plan will be published in the autumn following a 12-month delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Worcestershire Councils have agreed a revised timetable for the document which sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon...
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Financial support to keep Worcester homes warm – and save money on heating bills

Worcester City Council is offering homeowners the opportunity to apply for free external wall insulation, if their combined household income is £30,000 or less. Funding is available following a successful countywide application to government's Green Homes Grant local delivery scheme. This aims to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon foss...
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Takeaway premises told to improve controls following visits

Regulatory services officers are sending out a strong reminder to takeaways after a number of common issues have been identified across the county, following visits to check for compliance. Takeaways can still operate as part of this lockdown but they must still be adhering to the rules of wearing masks, social distancing and closing their doors at...
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COVID: Grants on offer to transform empty shop units

 Worcester City Council is offering grants to organisations with fresh ideas on how to breathe new life into empty retail units. The scheme, which is part of the City Council's Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, offers grants of up to £2,500 to facilitate the temporary occupation of an empty retail premise in the city centre. "This is an opportu...
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