In January 2021 Barwood Land entered in to a promotion agreement in relation to 3 land parcels totalling c 135 acres at Rushwick, just to the west of Worcester. The land is being promoted as the major part of one of the three emerging strategic development allocations in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan Review. Along with some land owned by Worcestershire County Council and a small parcel of land owned by a private landowner, the allocation will provide in the region of 1,000 homes, 5 – 10 Hectares of employment land, land for a new primary school, a new rail station and car park, expanded sports pitch provision, new allotments and a significant amount of green infrastructure. The three strategic allocations are a key part of the South Worcestershire strategy for meeting housing need for the next 10 – 15 years.
The land wraps around the South and West of Rushwick village to the West of Worcester, close to the A4440 Worcester Southern Bypass and the provision of a new Parkway Rail Station is a key benefit for the wider West of Worcester and Malvern Hills areas. Barwood Land are working closely with the County Council who are seeking to deliver the development of the rail station on land within the control of Barwood Land.
We have engaged with the Stakeholder Group led by the Council and continue to promote the site and its benefits, and evolve the master plan through that arena. The site will also be supported through the formal Development Plan process and the current timetable for that plan review identifies Adoption of the Plan in Spring 2023. A planning application will follow the Adoption of the plan with sales of development parcels to housebuilders anticipated by 2027 in conjunction with delivery of the rail station.