Charlton (Merry Brook) Rapid Response Catchment Community Plan

West Mercia Local Relief Forum in conjunction with Charlton Community Flood Action Group, Charlton Parish Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and the Environment Agency have published a Rapid Response Catchment Community Plan in the event of serious flooding of the Merry Brook. This document details the risk of a serious flooding event and the actions required in the event that such an incident occurs. You can view the plan document by clicking on the icon below:


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Natural Flood Management Project

If you were unble to make the drop in meeting on 6th June but would still like to discuss any of thee matters in any way, please feel free to email:

Pictures of the leaky dams installed on the Merry Brook above the village

Placing the logs across the brook with the aid of a digger


The logs in place with the brash infill


Emerging Minerals Local Plan

As previously reported, Worcestershire County Council is preparing a new Minerals Local Plan. The Fourth Stage Consultation on a proposed new site selection methodology for a separate Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan Document took place from 17th December 2018 to 8th February 2019. 

A Response Document setting out the comments received and initial officer responses to them has been published and is available on the Worcestershire County Council website at:


If you click on “Download the response document”, you can view all responses received up to the close of the consultation on 8th February 2019, and also late responses received by 15th February 2019. Charlton Parish Council commented on 8 elements of the consultation document, and these can be viewed on pages 49, 107, 145, 149, 162, 194, 204 & 207.

Next steps – Minerals Local Plan 

Worcestershire County Council state that comments received have been considered and amendments will be made to the relevant documents as necessary. 

A Publication Version of the Minerals Local Plan will be considered by Worcestershire County Council's cabinet in June 2019 and Full Council in July 2019. If approved by Full Council, consultation under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) (as amended) will be undertaken in order to allow representations to be made under Regulation 20. This consultation is expected to take place during August and September 2019. 

The Minerals Local Plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination. 

Next steps – Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan Document 

The site selection methodology, amended as necessary to address the issues raised in consultation comments, will be applied to all of the sites which have been proposed in response to the Second Stage Consultation on the Minerals Local Plan, the four subsequent calls for sites, and the additional site put forward in response to this consultation. 

The sites which have been proposed can be viewed on the interactive Mineral Sites DPD mapping tool on the Mineral Site Allocations DPD page at

Consultation on a draft of the Mineral Site Allocations Development Plan Document is expected to be undertaken in the second half of 2020. 



Charlton 100 Club News

June Winners!


£25   Lorraine Coulson                 (58)

£15   Barbara Pharo                      (30)

£10   Annabelle Milward               (43)


COSRA 100 Club Renewal or Join

The 100 club is coming to the end of its third year. The £500 that goes into the renovation and refurbishment fund will also enable the trustees to keep up a reasonable balance of funds for unexpected repairs.


We hope that you will continue to support COSRA and invite you to renew your subscriptions for 2019 / 2020.


As the new "year" begins in September please contact Diane Barlow by 8th August to pay your £10. Cheques should be made payable to "Joseph Baker Workman Trust'.


If you no longer wish to participate, please let Diane know ASAP in order to release the numbers for another person.


Anyone who would like to join for the 2019 / 2020 year can either contact Diane on 01386 860521 / 07976 670336 or come along to the Workman Trust stall at the Charlton Country Fayre on 22nd June.

South Worcestershire Development Plan

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon started a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.


You can access the plan details at:


As part of the planning process, between May & July 2018, these councils issued a call for sites for potential residential or employment development. Many landowners have submitted details of potential sites, but at this stage, no specific land is being suggested by the South Worcestershire Councils for such development.  You can view an interactive map of the sites that have been offered but not yet assessed at:

The latest status of the SWDP was given at a recent event for Parish Councils held at the Civic Centre in Pershore. The summary slide shown by Fred Davies, Planning Policy Manager, is shown below:


Rural Bus Services Scrutiny - Findings and Report

Following the withdrawal of many rural bus services across the county (which severely affects Charlton), Worcestershire County Council commissioned an enquiry. The following link will take you to a report on their findings:

Charlton Parish Council has responded to the recent call for comments on Worcestershire County Council's Passenger Transport Strategy document on behalf of village residents. You can view the Executive Summary for the current strategy document covering the period 2019 ~ 2030 and download the survey to submit your comments at:




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