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.
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:
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
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
The draft strategy consists of three
- 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
- Part C – begins to apply the framework
established in part B to the four significant areas of growth in
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
Please note that the Infrastructure
Strategy addendum (PDF 155 KB) was published 01
February 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the main
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:
Consultation runs from the 14th January
2013 until 11th March 2013.
Planning for Infrastructure: Strategic Options
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
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:
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
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
- 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
- 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).
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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