TEP has recently conducted an analysis of infrastructure proposals to inform Worcestershire County Council’s Growth and Infrastructure Strategy. The Strategy as a whole is informed by the County’s 2016 Infrastructure Plan together with adopted and emerging plans for the six local planning authorities in Worcestershire and proposals in neighbouring authorities.
TEP’s input involved a review of national and regional planning and infrastructure policy as well as a review of Local Plans, policies and proposals in neighbouring authorities to Worcestershire which are likely to have a direct or indirect impact on the County Council. The aim of the review was to provide the County Council with the information needed to respond accordingly to increases in housing demand and population as a result of nearby infrastructure development.
Through the analysis, TEP found that national schemes including the HS2 rail route are likely to have an indirect impact given the proposed rail station ‘hubs’ in Solihull and Birmingham. A review of adopted and emerging Local Plans also identified several strategic schemes for housing and employment development which could have impacts on regional infrastructure. TEP has presented research evidence which Worcestershire County Council will use to inform future infrastructure proposals.