CALLS have been made for a referendum on the future development of South Worcestershire, including Malvern Hills, with proposals for more than 20,000 new homes attracting a wave of interest.

More than 10,000 people have had their say on a controversial development plan which maps out how the area will grow by 2030.

An entire list of all the respondents to the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) has now been published online, with many citing fears of congestion.

Plans are now being put in place to revise the target up to around 23,360, with an updated version of the document going out to all three of the area’s district councils in July.

The responses also included many backers of development, with some residents saying new housing was “a must” in terms of the county shaping its own destiny.

In terms of the arguments over housing numbers, those who did mention figures called for anywhere from 7,000 to 55,000.

Also in the SWDP is the release of 309 hectares of employment land, including a focus on the A38 industrial spots heading north to south from Droitwich through to Worcester and Malvern.

Proposed house-building touches almost every town and village in south Worcestershire.

􀁥 A crunch vote on it will now take place on Tuesday, July 3, at councils in Malvern, Worcester and Wychavon. Malvern’s meeting will take place at 7pm at the Bank House, in Bransford.

See consultation responses at