Droitwich Spa Town Council Meeting, 19th April 2021

Ahead of agenda item 21 “Neighbourhood Plan Options”, Councillor Alan Humphries submitted a report to the Council.  The report is too long to place on this Home Page but can be read here.

When the meeting reached that item, the Chairman (The Mayor) said the report was noted and accepted, and that Councillors Humphries and Hopkins were aware of the process regarding applying for Locality money and regarding training for Councillors, as that had been made clear at a meeting they attend with the Town Clerk and the Leader of the Council on 22/2/21* the recording of which was available. He concluded by saying, on that basis and, as the report was accepted, there was no need for any further comment.

That response did not answer any of the questions raised by Councillor Humphries on behalf of the Neighbourhood Plan Group. Not a single Councillor in the meeting challenged the Chairman or made any comment.

The consequence of barriers placed in our way by the Council is that the Neighbourhood Plan project will be delayed by at least 6 months. 
One significant barrier is that on the 14th of December 2020, the Council agreed to establish a group of councillors to support the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. It is difficult to understand why, after many months, this simple step has not been achieved.  Part of the problem may be that the minutes of that meeting do not specify who has the responsibility for fulfilling that commitment.

* No agenda for the meeting held on 22/2/21 was published on the Council website, the meeting was held in private, and no minutes have been published. As such it has no official status, yet it has been used to constrain discussion at a full council meeting.  This could be perceived as an abuse of the democratic decision making process. 

The purpose of this website is to:
– Inform the public of the benefits and principles of Neighbourhood Planning
– Support the production of the Droitwich Neighbourhood Plan
– Encourage people to become involved in the development of Neighbourhood Plan.

What is Neighbourhood Planning?
Neighbourhood planning gives communities power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices; have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area. A single page overview of Neighbourhood Planning can be seen here.

Resident Survey
An essential step in producing the Neighbourhood Plan is to gather the views of people who live or work in Droitwich. You can complete the survey online by clicking here, or you can download a version for printing by clicking here.