In September 2016 Droitwich Town council unanimously gave the go ahead to start developing a neighbourhood plan. Councillor Richard Morris put forward the motion at a packed St Richards House, and it was supported by Councillor Tom Noyes, Councillor Bob Brookes and Labour Councillor Alan Humphries who all spoke in favour of the plan.
On 24th September 2018 Droitwich Council suspended work on the Neighbourhood Plan. The decision was taken when the public and the press were excluded from the meeting without prior consultation with community members of the Neighbourhood Plan Management Group. This was despite objections and a request from the Councillor appointed by the Council to lead the Neighbourhood Plan to defer any decision as he was away at the time. This means a population growing, with new residents, towards 26,500 are being denied their lawful rights to have a say on local planning issues and plan for the future under the Localism Act 2011. Over 10 million resident in other parts of the country, as well as in Wychavon District, are already enjoying these rights.
The Droitwich Spa Neighbourhood Plan Working Group came into existence later in September 2018 following that decision by Droitwich Council.
At the Council meeting on the 28th January 2019 Mike Lambden read a statement on behalf of this Working Group that can be read here.
On 26th February 2019, representatives of the Working Group met with representatives of Droitwich Council. The meeting notes can be seen here.
On 18th March 2019 The Mayor of Droitwich Spa read a statement at the Annual Town Meeting. The statement can be seen here.
On 8th April 2019 representatives of the Working Group met with representatives of Droitwich Council. The meeting notes can be seen here.
On 3rd June 2019 representatives of the Working Group met with representatives of Droitwich Council. The meeting notes can be seen here.
A number of meetings were held with town councillors during the summer months and a new provisional Management Group has been formed. On 23rd September Councillor Alan Humphries gave a short report during a meeting of Droitwich Spa Town Council. His report can be seen here.