VDS Documents

Village Design Statement (5Mb)

Appendix 1: Historic Environment Record (11Mb)
Appendix 2: Village Architecture - Open Day
Appendix 3: Village Architecture - Photos
Appendix 4: Village Views - Open Day
Appendix 5: Village Views - Photos
Appendix 6: Qualitative Survey Analysis
Appendix 7: VDS Timeline


Village Survey 2015

South Worcestershire Development Plan

South Worcestershire Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document


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Birlingham's Village Design Statement (VDS) is the culmination of more than two years of work by members of the Parish Council and a large group of volunteers in the village. The VDS was adopted as a Local Information Source at the meeting of Wychavon Councilís Executive Board on 7 February 2018. This now means it has material weight, within certain limits, in helping to determine planning applications. It will sit under the design policies of the South Worcester Development Plan (SWDP) as a supplementary residential housing policy.

The consultation process
The process started with the 2015 Village Survey that was sent to all 302 residents in 149 properties, with 46% of households responding to the questionnaire. This was followed by the formation of various volunteer working groups to gather information and the views of residents. This included a further Village Consultation carried out in early 2016 to address additional points raised in the survey. Once the working groups had compiled their information, an Open Day was held in the village hall on 15th October 2016. 96 residents attended and had an opportunity to view historical material on Birlingham and to comment and vote on various aspects of village life, including a Photographic Survey and Property Survey. Once all comments had been received and the results of the voting analysed, drafting of the VDS document began. Earlier versions of the draft VDS were shared with the planning department at Wychavon District Council and their comments were incorporated into later drafts of the VDS.

In summary
We believe that through this extensive consultation process, the VDS not only fairly represents the views of residents but is also consistent with current planning policy. It will not only be a useful planning tool but also provides an interesting snapshot of life in the parish in 2017 for future generations.

Ian Yates

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