Joint local plan work prompts council planning expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 16 Jul 2014


Three South Worcestershire authorities are recruiting for a new post as it firms up a joint local plan (SWDP) for South Worcestershire and other planning policy documents. 

Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon Councils are preparing the long-term vision and objectives for South Worcestershire up to 2030.

They are seeking a project support officer to work on the SWDP.

SWDP project manager Paul Bayliss told Planning: “The job is important: the post holder will work on behalf of all three policy teams on upcoming rounds of public consultation, preparation for examination hearings and helping to compile further modifications to the SWDP.”

The SWDP was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last May and this March the inspector said the councils' approach was sound but that a higher housing requirement was needed, said Bayliss.

“We have undertaken to look afresh at housing need and are in the process of proposing to the inspector a suite of sites that will be required to meet that requirement.”

He said the new recruit would need a good understanding of development plan preparation and associated consultation arrangements and an eye for detail.

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