Local Development Framework

Planning a sustainable living environment Through the Worcester Local Development Framework

Local Development Framework (LDF) is the term used for the set of Local Development Documents which will make up the spatial planning strategy for Worcester City to guide future development.

South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)

The SWDP came into effect on 25 February 2016. It is a planning framework that aims to ensure development has a positive impact on the environment. It is being jointly prepared by the three authorities of Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City. It will form the heart of the new Local Development Framework.

It establishes the long term vision and objectives for South Worcestershire and will contain the policies for delivering these objectives in a planned and cohesive manner.

This South Worcestershire Development Plan:

  • allocates development sites across South Worcestershire; and 
  • provides policies to ensure that any development is sustainable.

For further information please visit the SWDP website.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The South Worcestershire Councils (Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon Councils) are continuing the process of preparing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL is a charge that local authorities in England can place on new development in their area. The Community Infrastructure Levy has been submitted to the Secretary of State and will undergo an Examination in Public.  Further information, together with all submission and examination documents are available here.

Traveller and Travelling Show people Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD)

The south Worcestershire councils are currently undertaking a call for sites to support the preparation of the Traveller and Travelling Show people Site Allocations DPD.  This document will allocate land to meet the new for Travellers’ sites.  The call for sites runs until 9:00am on Monday 9th January 2017.  Further information is available form the South Worcestershire Development Plan website.

The Statement of Community Involvement

A key part of the Local Development Framework is involving the community in the planning process. The City Council has produced a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which informs the community of how and when they will be involved in the preparation of planning policy i.e. Local Development Documents and how they will be consulted on planning applications. The SCI was formally adopted by the Full Council meeting on 30th September 2014.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) for Worcester City Council covers the period 2016-2019. This version was approved at the meeting of full Council on 22 November 2016 and came into effect on Thursday 1 December 2016.

The LDS is a project management document for the production of planning policy documents for the City. Given the collaborative working arrangements in South Worcestershire the Local Development Schemes for the three partner Councils have been reviewed at the same time and many of the new planning policy documents will be produced jointly with Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils.