Inspectors evaluating the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review have demanded updates to evidence documents before moving forward.

The plan was handed over for independent scrutiny to the planning inspectorate late last year.

Originally dates for public hearings to allow inspectors to ask questions about parts of the plan and its supporting evidence were to be announced this month.



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However, inspectors have asked the three councils for updates to some evidence documents before moving forward.

Planners say that such revisions will prevent further process delays and ensure that those making representations during the hearings have access to up-to-date information.

Inspectors wrote to Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils and raised concerns that some of the evidence was "at risk of being overtaken by events".

They also pointed out the importance of incorporating recent shifts in planning rules and regulations.

Aside from demands for more information, inspectors are also asking for more details about the influence of a rise in traffic on the neighbouring road network as a result of the plan.

Inspectors further requested a review of the analysis of the Worcestershire Strategic Transport Model.

The three councils are currently working on a schedule to present the new and updated evidence.

Councillor Pat Agar, chair of the Joint Advisory Panel for the SWDP Review, said: "This Plan will shape how our communities develop right up until 2041 so it’s important to us it is based on the most robust evidence possible and properly scrutinised and tested during examination so people can have confidence in it."

She added: "We will now work on producing the new and updated evidence requested as soon as possible so we can proceed to the next stage of the examination process at the earliest possible opportunity."