Planning Policy

The planning system in England is structured around a plan-led system aimed at controlling development whilst balancing economic development and environmental quality.  The Development Plan is the key tool for the successful implementation of these aims at the local level and comprises a portfolio of documents.

  • The Local Development Framework is prepared by the local planning authority and consists of a collection of documents that set out how the local area may change over the next few years.

NB1: The Decentralisation and Localism Bill was introduced by Parliament on 13th December 2010 and was given Royal Assent 15th November 2011, becoming an Act.

NB2: The Department for Communities and Local Government The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012.

The Planning Policy team is responsible for preparing plans covering what can be built and where; creating policies protecting the built and natural environment and delivery good design; implementing the Local Development Scheme; dealing with major development proposals; ensuring economic competitiveness; and monitoring the efficiency of the plans and policy in effect.  The team is also working in collaboration with Malvern Hills and Wychavon districts on the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

The following links will provide more information on the various aspects of the Planning Policy & Economic Development teamís workload: