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

Notice of public consultation (1st April 2016 to 16th May 2016)

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 money generated through the Levy will contribute towards the funding of infrastructure to support growth in South Worcestershire.

A Draft Charging Schedule has been developed which sets out the proposed charging rates for South Worcestershire, building on feedback from the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation carried out in the spring of 2015. The Councils consider that the Draft Charging Schedule, which incorporates updated viability evidence from January 2016, strikes an appropriate balance between contributing to funding infrastructure and not putting development across South Worcestershire at risk.

Consultation on the CIL DCS will run for six weeks from 9:00 am Friday 1st April 2016 to 5:00  pm Monday 16th May 2016.

A copy of the Draft Charging Schedule, the accompanying background information and all other consultation material can be found at www.swdevelopmentplan.org

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

The south Worcestershire councils are currently consulting on Preferred Options for the Traveller and Travelling Show people Site Allocations DPD.  This document will allocate land to meet the new for Travellers’ sites.  The consultation runs until 5pm on Monday 25th April 2016.  Further information is available form the South Worcestershire Development Plan web-site.

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 2015-2018. This version was approved at the meeting of full Council on 30 September 2015 and came into effect on Thursday 1 October 2015.

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. Additionally, many of the new planning policy documents will be produced jointly with Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils.