Background

The Purpose Of this Website is to:
– Highlight the benefits and principles of Neighbourhood Planning
– Encourage the production of the Droitwich Neighbourhood Plan
– Show how the project has been driving the Neighbourhood Plan  with community support in the face of delays and obstructions at Droitwich Town Council.

What Is Neighbourhood Planning?
In very simple terms, a Neighbourhood Plan is:
• A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications
• Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority
• A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
Local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.
A single page overview of Neighbourhood Planning can be seen here.
Wychavon District Council has published a brief document giving information on Neighbourhood Planning, that can be seen here.

2021 Review
A review of activities during 2021 related to the Droitwich Neighbourhood Plan can be seen here.

We are still here
Despite being told by Councillor Bob Brookes to close down this website, we are still here!

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Droitwich Spa Town Council
Since January 2021 an increasing number of contentious statements have been made, and shared, about the Neighbourhood Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan Group  that we find to be inaccurate or misleading. The majority of the contentious statements were made by Councillor Bob Brookes and the Town Clerk, Mark Keld.

Councillor Bob Brookes
During the Annual Meeting of Droitwich Council on the 4th May 2021, the Council replaced Councillor Alan Humphries with Councillor Bob Brookes as the Council’s representative to the Neighbourhood Plan Group. Councillor Bob Brookes has failed to respond to requests for meetings and failed to share information from Wychavon District Council that was expected to be sent to the Neighbourhood Plan Group.
In September 2021 Councillor Bob Brookes proposed the motion to delay work on the Neighbourhood Plan until at least 2023 awaiting the completion of the South Worcestershire Development Plan. As the Council’s representative to our group, he did not have the courtesy to inform us of his delaying motion. Both Locality (that provides support to Neighbourhood Planning Groups) and Wychavon District Council have confirmed that there is no need to suspend work in this situation. Indeed work continues on other Neighbourhood Plans within Wychavon.