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Broadway Village Design Statement (VDS) 2008

The 2008 Broadway VDS was prepared by a sub-group appointed by the Parish Council and headed by Derek Wakelin. Its content was based upon local consultation through public meetings, questionnaires and widespread publicity in the Village Newsletter, this Website and in the local press.

A Village Design Statement, established by the Countryside Commission in 1996, provides the community with the opportunity to state their views and to influence the planning decisions made locally and nationally that might affect the future of a village.

Its major objectives are:

  • Provide a forum for the community to say what it is that they value about their village and how they would like
  • See it develop in the future
  • Describe the distinctive character of the village through its buildings and its landscape setting
  • Demonstrate how this character can be protected and enhanced
  • Provide guidelines for householders, architects and developers when new developments are proposed, so that they respect the character of the village and make positive contributions to the local environment
  • Influence future policies when the planning authority is updating its Local Plan

After consideration and approval by the Parish Council, the Statement has now been formally adopted by Wychavon District Council and forms a local information document that will inform future planning and development decisions.

A low resolution version of the Broadway VDS can be found here.

Broadway Parish Plan 2005-2006

In early 2005, a small group of volunteers coordinated development of the Broadway village Parish Plan, as recommended by the then Countryside Agency. The intent of a Parish Plan is to better represent the intentions of a village and its residents before planning authorities and other regulatory agencies. It also feeds into a Village Design Statement, which lays out more sprecific guidance to those same bodies.

Open surveys were sent to individuals, clubs and businesses throughout the area, yielding nearly 750 forms and over 3,900 individual responses. This feedback was distilled, categorised and finally collated into the Broadway Parish Plan document, available in electronic form below.

Categories included Community, Environment, Roads and Footpaths, Events, Parking, Shops, and Sports Facilities. The idea is for this plan to help guide local authorities and other bodies when making decisions that affect the village: its residents, businesses, visitors and heritage.

Led by a Steering Group of community volunteers, the effort was apolitical, being funded through central government and generous donations from the local businesses.

Parish Plan Documentation

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