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The South Worcestershire Development Plan now includes plans for an additional 3, 500 houses, which local MP Sir Peter Luff has welcomed as a step towards getting the local plan in place.

The plans for extra houses were agreed and submitted by the three authorities responsible for the plan, Wychavon, Malvern and Worcester, after their first proposal of 23,200 houses for development in South Worcestershire until 2030 was rejected.

The Planning Inspector, Roger Clews, rejected the first proposal because he said further work was needed to identify a higher number of houses for the area. The three councils have now submitted a revised housing requirement of between 26,700 and 27,300, based on new research.

“The most important thing is that the local plan is adopted as soon as possible, so that local communities are no longer at risk from speculative development.

“It is disappointing that the original figures in the plan weren’t approved by the inspector but the councils have now worked really hard to come up with these new figures.

“Although local people will be concerned that the new figures mean taking even more housing in South Worcestershire, it is crucial that the local plan is adopted as soon as possible to stop greedy developers getting planning permission for nig developers unsuitable and unpopular sites.”


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