Warndon Parish Council
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About

The parish of Warndon underwent a massive redevelopment between the late 1980s and the early 2000s. During that period of time, the population went from a small number of hundreds, to over 11,500.

The blueprint for that development was the Warndon Local Plan (1988).

The plan included both the largest housing development (4,200) and the largest area of Business Parks in the City of Worcester (85 ha).

The blueprint for the development also included the creation of a “Green Network”, linking a number of Nature Reserves in the area, as well as the creation of two Conservation Areas, containing highly valued heritage assets, and their settings.

The success of the plan was based on the balance which it struck between the residential and the business areas, as well as the natural and historic environments.

A key component of the “Warndon Project” - through which the Warndon Local Plan was brought to fruition - was the involvement of the Countryside Commission, whose primary focus was on retaining as much of the rural character of the area as possible - despite the scale of the development to be undertaken. As a result, the vast majority of ancient hedges and ponds were retained and incorporated into the Green Network.

The Warndon Project was hailed as a great success, and an exemplar of far-sightedness in Town Planning.

In recent times, the “Significant Gap” - part of the Green Network that forms a protection zone between the M5 Motorway and the residential areas of the parish - has come under a number of threats, which are of great concern to parish residents.

Given all of the above, Warndon Parish Council has decided to develop a Neighbourhood Plan...

Vision & Objectives

Introduction and background

The Localism Act 2012 introduced the right for parishes to decide the future of their community by producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

In 2017, Warndon Parish Council started the process of creating its own Neighbourhood Plan.

The purpose of the Neighbourhood Plan, is to cover key aspects of the future development of the parish. It will enable those who know and care about the parish of Warndon to plan for its future development.

It is not about stopping growth, but it is about making sure the right things are built in the right places.

It can help with the delivery of homes, jobs and services whilst at the same time protect and improve the best of the parish and its environment.

It will considerably strengthen the community’s ability to guide development in a way that reflects our priorities and needs - because a Neighbourhood Plan carries statutory weight.

Subject to approval by the electorate, it will play a role in helping to decide future planning decisions that affect the parish.

Once adopted, it will form a part of the Local Development Plan, to sit beneath the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and to provide the local level of detail.

Vision

Future developments within the parish of Warndon should maintain the balance between the residential, business, environmental and heritage areas of the parish, in keeping with the principles embodied in the Warndon Local Plan (1988) - the blueprint for the layout of the parish.

Objectives


Green Network

To protect the integrity of the Green Network within the parish, as safeguarded by the principles of the Warndon Local Plan (1988).

Local Green Space

To protect specific areas of Local Green Space, to reflect their value as part of the local environment, as well as the value placed upon them by residents and visitors to the area.

Heritage

To safeguard the remaining rural character of the parish landscape - using the principles set out in the Warndon Local Plan (1988).

Conservation

To protect the Trotshill and Warndon Court Conservation Areas, as envisaged when they were first designated in 1986.

Development

To protect the Warndon Significant Gap from inappropriate development, as set out in the Warndon Local Plan (1988).

Timeline

What's happened so far?

  • September 2016

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Warndon Parish Council was becoming increasingly concerned about some of the unplanned developments within the parish. After considering the pros and cons of creating a Neighbourhood Plan, it was decided to seek the views of residents. This article was published in the parish Newsletter, in Autumn 2016.

  • November 2016

    Designated Neighbourhood Area

    Worcester City Council designated the parish as a “neighbourhood area” - thus enabling the parish council to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan.

  • February 2017

    Spreading The Word

    As a result of the positive feedback from residents to the Autumn Newsletter, Warndon Parish Council took formally decided to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan. A flyer was sent to all households, to invite residents to a public meeting, to be held on March 1st, 2017.

  • March 2017

    The Presentation

    The public meeting was attended by over 70 people, many of whom volunteered to help to produce the Neighbourhood Plan. A presentation was given, explaining the Neighbourhood Plan process, etc.

  • May 2017

    Call To Arms

    Following the public meeting, the Parish Council sought volunteers for a Steering Committee. The Membership of the Steering Group was agreed, and the group met for the first time.

  • Summer 2017

    To The Library

    One of the first tasks for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee (NPSC) was to gather information. This included historic information about the development of the parish - both ancient and modern. It also included an examination of the policies of the South Worcestershire Development Plan. The City Council provided access to archive documents held at the Guildhall, as well as access to other relevant information, including a definitive map of the parish.

  • Autumn 2017

    The Findings

    Initial analysis of some of the documents indicated some issues worth examining in further detail. This included the Warndon Local Plan (1988) which set out how the parish was be developed over the following 15 years. The Plan covered both the “Warndon Villages” residential areas and the Business Parks, to the north of Berkeley Way, as well as the roads and other infrastructure. Thus it is an important document, when considering the parish as a whole.

  • Winter 2017

    The Plan

    Work started towards a questionnaire / survey of residents. Meanwhile, some of the information gathered and analysed proved useful to the parish council in its responses to the Warndon 6 proposal, and the Trotshill and Warndon Court Conservation Area Appraisals.

  • May 2018

    Public Update

    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee gave a presentation to the public. Slides can be found here.

  • October 2018

    Survey distributed

    A survey was distributed to houses in Warndon Villages, as well as made available online. A copy of the survey can be seen here.

  • January 2019

    Survey results analysis

    A summary analysis of the results was compiled and can be found here.

  • May 2019

    Public Update

    The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee gave a presentation to the public. Slides can be found here.

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Documents

All the information you need, and we have.

Minutes

Minutes to each meeting

Supporting Documents

Evdience to support plan

Local Interest

Maps, photos, and documents

The Steering Committee

Richard Fowler

Chairman

Andy Taylor

Parish Councillor

Paul Snookes

Resident

Dawn Merriman

Parish Councillor

Roger Harris

Resident

Caroline Ansell

Resident

Andy Roberts

County & City Councillor

Katie Parsons

Resident

Mike O'Sullivan

Resident

Mick Wright

Resident

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