Planning for healthier lifestyles in south Worcestershire

New planning guidelines aimed at improving the design of housing and other developments to encourage healthier lifestyles have come into effect in south Worcestershire.   Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon councils have all adopted the new Planning for Health Supplementary Planning Document. Known as an SPD, it covers issues like encouraging walking and cycling, providing...

Help uncover the lives of influential Malvern businesswomen

An appeal is being made for pictures and information regarding a group of influential Malvern residents who contributed significantly to the cultural life of the town.   Researchers involved with the Great Malvern: Route to the Hills project are looking for people to come forward and share their stories and in particular any photographs of Gertrude Annie Mitchell, Eliza Wilson...

Deal sees racing continue at Grimley

A deal has been reached to allow racing to continue at Grimley Raceway on a permanent basis while reducing the noise impact on nearby residents.   Malvern Hills District Council and the owners of the racetrack reached a compromise agreement shortly before the case was due to be heard.   A number of complaints have been made to the council about noise from the...

More spaces as parking changes approved

Extra car parking spaces are being created in the Malvern Town Centre area as part of a raft of measures designed to support the local economy.   Changes being introduced include making the Council House Car Park in Avenue Road open to the public 24/7, instead of just after 7.30pm as it is currently. As part of the arrangement Brunel House will no longer be available as a public...

Destination Upton for tour operators

Upton looks set to become a major attraction for coach visitors after the area was showcased to some of the country‚Äôs top group travel operators and writers.   Representatives from more than 40 organisations from across England attended the Upton Coach Stop event on Monday (11 September) where they were treated to a tour of the area.   Organised by Malvern Hills...