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Infrastructure Planning

Strategic Planning

Businesses and industry across Worcestershire need the right conditions to grow. They require reliable infrastructure to transport people, goods and information. The communities of Worcestershire will also require access to health, education, leisure and green networks, and emergency services in order to ensure an enviable and safe quality of life. This requires investment physical and social infrastructure as the population of the County increases.

Historically, investment in infrastructure was financed by both the public and private sector, but with limited public sector funding available over the next few years it is especially important that this investment is coordinated and integrated to ensure the right infrastructure is provided at the right time. Carefully planned infrastructure investment should help rebalance the economy and provide the right conditions in which business and industry can grow.

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The level of infrastructure investment required is dependent upon the level of housing, employment, population and economic growth and the levels of existing under provision of infrastructure in some parts of the county.

The role for Worcestershire County Council is to specify what infrastructure is needed, what the key barriers are to achieving investment and to help mobilise the resources, both public and private, to make it happen.

Over the last few years the County Council have been busy starting to gather this evidence.

Planning for Infrastructure in Worcestershire, Worcestershire Infrastructure Strategy: Consultation Draft

The County Council's Strategic Planning team is leading on development of a Strategy which will identify the infrastructure requirements required to deliver the economic growth needed in Worcestershire. It will prioritise the strategic locations for investment and delivery of infrastructure in the county.  The Strategy is separate from the formal planning documents being prepared by District/City and Borough Councils but has been prepared with a view to being complimentary to such plans.

The strategy is part of the Councils Open for Business agenda. It seeks to establish a more co-ordinated approach towards infrastructure planning in Worcestershire so that delivery of strategic development sites may be accelerated and reflect sustainable development principles. It is a statement of intent that seeks to give confidence to potential investors in Worcestershire. 

The draft strategy consists of three parts:

  • Part A - provides an overview of the county infrastructure needs and issues
  • Part B - challenges the business as usual approach and proposes objectives for future infrastructure delivery in Worcestershire
  • Part C – begins to apply the framework established in part B to the four significant areas of growth in the County.

It also includes appendices that demonstrate delivery of the strategy would enhance sustainability and includes a statement of cooperation amongst stakeholders in the preparations of the strategy.

Worcestershire County Council are seeking your comments on a county-wide Infrastructure Strategy that was prepared in consultation with public and private sector partners.  The Planning for Infrastructure in Worcestershire, Worcestershire Infrastructure Strategy: Consultation Draft can be viewed by downloading the Infrastructure Strategy Consultation document (PDF 1.94 MB). This will be your last opportunity to comment on the strategy before it is endorsed.

Please note that the Infrastructure Strategy addendum (PDF 155 KB) was published 01 February 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the main document.

Please complete the questionnaire  by either downloading a Word document Questionnaire (64 KB) or a PDF Document Questionnaire (PDF 52 KB) and email it to us at InfraPlanning@worcestershire.gov.uk, or you can print and send it to us at:

Strategic Planning
Worcestershire County Council
County Hall
Spetchley Road
Worcester
WR5 2NP

Consultation runs from the 14th January 2013 until 11th March 2013.

Planning for Infrastructure: Strategic Options Consultation

The options consultation set out what the overall infrastructure need was for the next 20 years, identifying how much the infrastructure would cost to deliver and outlined options for funding and delivery. It also sought to initiate a dialogue that would start to clarify which infrastructure projects/themes and locations should be prioritised, and which of the identified potential funding sources were favoured and warranted further investigation.

The Planning for Infrastructure: Strategic Options consultation document can be viewed via the following link: Planning for Infrastructure: Strategic Options Consultation (PDF 5.18 MB).

To inform the Infrastructure Strategy, the council and its partners have developed the following research papers:

 

Baker Study

In 2008 Worcestershire County Council commissioned Baker Associates to identify the infrastructure requirements arising from the development targets set out in the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) Phase Two Preferred Option report.
 
The report identified the existing capacity of infrastructure (a baseline) and then assessed the impacts of additional development on the requirement for infrastructure. The study also sought to provide an indicative cost for additional infrastructure required as a result of development and to identify funding mechanisms and responsibility for delivery.
 

In order to identify the potential costs of the infrastructure provision, the consultants had to take into account where development is likely to take place during the period of the WMRSS. To do this they used the information on possible development locations around the county set out in the emerging District Core Strategies, after discussion with District Council Officers.

These possible locations are of course subject to amendment as the Core Strategies progress through the planning system and as such are not 'set in stone'. It is important to note therefore that the study only represented a snapshot in time.

The key conclusions of the study were:
  • For the period of the WMRSS to 2026 the total cost if infrastructure provision for the county is approximately £820 million.
  • Of this amount transport infrastructure will require £526 million and social infrastructure £294 million.
  • It is estimated that both secured funding and money from all funding bids (if successful) would together provide approximately £199 million
  • It is estimated that money secured from Developer Contributions could potentially provide £452 million.
  • This would leave a funding deficit over the period to 2026 of approximately £168 million.
  • The funding deficit is at its greatest during the earlier period of the revision process (2006-2021).

Main Report

Important Note: Addendum April 2009 

Following further review of the study into the Infrastructure requirements within Worcestershire to 2026 arising from Phase Two Review of the West Midlands RSS Preferred Option, March 2009, a number of changes to the tables within the report have be made. In reading the report it is important therefore that this addendum is read in parallel.

Appendix 1 Development Options Map

Maps of potential locations for growth are available:

Appendix 2 Transport Infrastructure Maps

Infrastructure Study Update December 2010

Since the Baker Study was commissioned, the change in government has resulted in the revocation of the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) and thus the development targets on which the infrastructure study was based upon. Local Authorities now have the autonomy to set their own development targets. The Worcestershire districts are currently reviewing their development targets.

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This page was last reviewed 29 July 2013 at 13:45.
The page is next due for review 25 January 2015.