Parish and District Council Elections 2019



Seven Parish Councillors have been elected unopposed for the parish of Charlton. Therefore, there were no further elections for candidates for Charlton Parish Council on 2ndMay. 


Full details of Parish councils where candidates have been elected unopposed can be viewed at:


In the Fladbury ward of Wychavon District Council, Michael Anthony Rowley, representing the Conservative party, has been elected as the new District councillor, succeeding Michelle English.





Natural Flood Management Project

The Merry Brook Natural Flood Management Project commenced on Tuesday of this week (2ndApril). The scheme has been designed by the Environment Agency to slow down the flow of water in the Merry Brook following periods of heavy rain, and thus to help reduce flash flooding occurring in the village centre. The pictures below show the first stage of the work which involves positioning logs across the brook prior to brash being placed in the gaps. Although these logs are quite heavy, and some are around 5.5 metres in length, they will need to be pinned in place to prevent movement resulting from flood water flow. The plan is to get about 7 or 8 of these installed in the first phase, hopefully over the next week or so. We are hoping to do more work further up the catchment in due course. 


The Environment Agency are planning to hold an open meeting in the village on Thursday 6th June at which they will have copies of the local flood emergency plan and will also talk about the Natural Flood Management project. They will also be conducting a few guided walks for interested villagers to look at both this work and the two catchment ponds that have been constructed nearby. Further details and timings of this event will be available shortly.


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


The logs in place with the brash infill


Charlton 100 Club News

May Winners!


£25   John Airey                 (47)

£15   Wendy Sharp             (10)

£10   A J Wadmore             (2)


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:


After assessment the sites that are being proposed for development will then be set out in the Preferred Options consultation document in late 2019.


In the March edition of The Wychavon Magazine there is an article on the SWDP Review that addresses the present position and the ongoing timescale for various actions

Emerging Minerals Local Plan

Worcestershire Council is preparing the new Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan. There is a consultation leaflet which explains the background to the information on Minerals in Worcestershire and the reasons why having a Minerals Local Plan is so important. You can download a copy of this leaflet by clicking on the link below:


download the Consultation leaflet


The first three stages of the consultation process have already been completed. The Fourth Stage Consultation document sets out the proposed vision and objectives for mineral development in Worcestershire, and includes the proposed strategic policies and development management policies which will be used to make decisions on planning applications once the plan is adopted.


On this page you can access an Interactive Minerals Mapping Tool by clicking on “Where Are We Now”. You can also download the Fourth Stage Consultation Document which gives details of how you can submit your comments to the plan. The Fourth Stage Consultation on the Minerals Local Plan was open from 17th December 2018 to 8th February 2019, and is now closed.



Outline Timetable of Events


Initial consultation                       Fourth Stage of Consultation Q4        2018 ~ Q1                                  2019


Publication                                    Scheduled Q2 2019

(Regulation 20)


Submission                                   Scheduled Q3 2019

(Regulation 22)


Independent Examination             Anticipated Q4 2019

(Regulation 24)


Receipt of Inspector’s Report        Anticipated Q1 2020

(Regulation 25)


Adoption                                        Anticipated Q2 2020

(Regulation 26)


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:





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