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A HUGE plan to build 14,000 extra homes across the south of Worcestershire in the next two decades has been revealed.

The revised draft South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) which sets out a blueprint for where homes, offices and other developments could be built up to 2041 includes a new 5,000 home village next to the soon-to-open Worcestershire Parkway railway station and an extra 1,000 homes in Rushwick.

The major document also includes plans to build 810 more homes across Worcester – including 495 homes in Diglis – as well as developments on the edge of the city including 101 homes in Bevere and 40 new homes in Fernhill Heath.

The document also sets out ambitions to build 730 homes in Droitwich, 880 homes in Malvern, 200 homes in Evesham and 600 homes in Pershore.

On top of that, 900 new homes have been earmarked to be built throughout villages in Wychavon and 390 homes throughout villages around Malvern.

A new 2,000-home town at Throckmorton Airfield near Pershore would also be built as well as a new secondary school and two primary schools, shops and offices and acres of land for employment.

The major new village near Worcestershire Parkway would include thousands of homes, a new secondary school and three primary schools, 50 hectares of employment space near to the M5, new shops and offices and would likely include a doctor’s surgery, a new police and fire station, a town hall, a leisure centre and sports facilities.

The ‘expansion’ plans for Rushwick also include a new railway station and 500-space car park and a new primary school.

The 14,000 extra homes would be on top of the 28,370 already assigned to be built in the current SWDP.

Planners across the three south Worcestershire district councils – Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council and Malvern Hills District Council – looked at more than 900 potential sites for development.

Worcester City Council will have the first say on the plans next Tuesday (October 22) before councillors in Wychavon and Malvern Hills discuss it throughout the rest of the month.

If backed by all three councils, the updated SWDP will still have to go through a six-week public consultation – which would hopefully begin on November 4 – before approval.

By Christian Barnett

Source: Hereford Times

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