Worcester City Allotments
Worcester City Allotments
Grow your own!
An allotment is not only a way of growing your own fresh produce, it's also a great way of getting in the fresh air, a good source of exercise, an opportunity to make new friends and good for the environment.
Please Note: If you are not a plot holder please seek permission from the Council before going onto any site - either email email@example.com or phone the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 722233.
Over the last few years, Worcester City Council has worked in partnership with the Worcester Allotment Forum to provide a high standard of service and an environment where users can enjoy our allotments. As an indication of how endearing allotment gardening can be you only need to look at the number of gardeners with tenancies over 25 years.
Worcester Allotment Forum now has their own website at www.worcesterallotments.org.uk. Here you will find all the information you need about our allotments. If you wish to apply for a place on one of our waiting lists, please complete the allotment application form.
Pay for it
Worcester City Council - Pay On-line
Make a payment
Welcome to the Worcester City Council on-line payments service.
For information about this service please see the lists below.
To make a payment now you can go straight to our secure payments page. You will need your debit or credit card and the reference number shown on your bill or invoice.
What services can I pay for on-line?
You can pay on-line for:
- Council Tax
- Parking Penalty Charges Notices
- Garden Waste Collection
- Housing Benefit Overpayment invoices
- Business Rates
- BID (Business Improvement District)
- Fixed Penalty Notice e.g. litter/smoking fines
- Temporary Accommodation
Pay by credit or debit card:
- Pay On-line facility on this Website
- Using our 24 hour automated telephone payment service on 0300 333 9942
(not available for Garden Waste or BID payments)
- At our Customer Service Centre at:
Worcester WR1 3PB
between 9am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
- There will be a small charge for credit card payments for council tax and business rates.
You can pay using any of these cards:
- Switch or Maestro
(International Maestro cards are not accepted over the web, as this is a customer present only card)
We CANNOT accept payment by:
- American Express
- Diners Club
- JCB Card
How will I know if my payment has been successful?
When you have finished entering your card details and confirmed you want to continue with the payment, there will be a short delay while your card details are validated.
If your payment is successful, a receipt will be displayed which includes a transaction reference number. Please keep a record of this number.
If an error occurs, your payment will not be processed and a message explaining why will be displayed.
When will my payment show on the Council's records?
Payments you make up to midnight on any working day (Monday to Friday) will normally be allocated to your account with the council by the next working day.
Payments made after this time, or at weekends and on Bank Holidays will normally be allocated to your account by the second working day. For example, if you pay on Sunday your account will not show the payment until Tuesday.
Is my information secure?
The city council uses a secure server to receive your payment card details. The card details are processed by a third party who are certified to meet the latest security standards required by the banks. No card details are held by the council.
What if the secure payments page is not available?
We aim to keep the on-line payments service working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have difficulty making a payment please let us know:
Telephone: 01905 722233 between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
Planning: Supplementary Planning Documents & Guidance
Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)
The 2005 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act introduced Supplementary Planning Documents to replace Supplementary Planning Guidance documents. SPDs provide guidance on the implementation and delivery of planning policy set out in the City's Local Plan policies.
Developer Contributions SPD
The South Worcestershire Councils adopted the South Worcestershire Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document on the 20th October 2016
The Developer Contributions SPD sets out the South Worcestershire Councils’ approach to seeking developer contributions via the SWDP for infrastructure or environmental improvements required as a result of development. The SPD provides guidance about when planning obligations will be expected, the scale of developer contributions, and how developer contributions will be used.
The Developer Contributions SPD can be viewed below.
- Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
- Developer Contributions Adoption Statement (SPD)
- Developer Contributions Final Adoption statement (SPD)
Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document
The south Worcestershire councils are consulting on an Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Affordable Housing SPD explains the details of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) policies that relate to the provision of affordable housing. It is a guide intended to help developers, landowners, applicants for planning permission, Registered providers (RPs) and others who are seeking to provide or benefit from affordable housing. The consultation runs until 5pm on Monday 25th April 2016. Further details are available from the South Worcestershire Development Plan website.
SEA Screening Statement
- Houses in Multiple Occupancy Supplementary Planning Document (October 2014)
- Accessibility Supplementary Planning Document (Adopted 1st March 2012)
- Takeaway Food Outlet Supplementary Planning Document
- Affordable Housing SPD - Adopted January 2009
- Biodiversity and Trees SPD - Adopted 10th September 2007
- Archaeology and The Historic Environment SPD - Adopted 10th September 2007
- Education Contributions SPD - Adopted 2nd April 2007
- City Centre SPD - Adopted 25th February 2007
- Earls Court Farm Development and Design Brief - Adopted 2nd February 2007
- Grove Farm Business Park Development Brief SPD - Adopted May 2006
- Financial Contributions For Sustainable Transport - Adopted 21st March 2006
- Former Ronkswood Hospital Development Brief
A Supplementary Guidance document has been produced to aid interpretation and application of the Worcestershire Landscape Character Assessment (LCA). This document has been prepared by Worcestershire County Council and it is intended to supplement policies at a county and district level.
The Landscape Character Assessment Supplementary Guidance provides a single, consistent and unifying guidance document on the application of landscape character planning for the whole county.
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)
In parallel with the Local Plan, the City Council has produced a series of more detailed Supplementary Planning Guidance Notes. Initially these are saved because they are linked to saved policies in the Local Plan. However under the new system they will gradually be replaced by the new Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's).
The current list of Supplementary Planning Guidance Documents are: (These will be added to the web site as they are reviewed and produced as SPDs)
Planning: How Do I Search for a Planning Application?
Searching for a Planning Application?
Our Planning Search service currently offers access to all applications received by the City Council since 1947. It also allows customers to view submitted plans, decision notices and make comments on our undetermined applications. Some useful guidance on how best to use the search service including the facility for electronic measuring of drawings.
The search function is now the only way of viewing planning applications. If you need help viewing applications it is possible to use the public computers on the ground floor of The Hive with the support of Worcestershire Hub Staff.
The City Council has a full record of every planning application since 1947 called The Planning Register. We have two search methods to view all of our planning applications within our planning register.
The Planning Search Service allows interested parties to make representations on undetermined applications, please note that The City Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act will in most cases publish your comments on the Internet including your name and address whilst redacting personal information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. It is preferable if you comment on a planning application online and it is recommended that you review the advice on making comments before doing so.
If you experience any technical problems when using our webpages then please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Application Search (including the weekly planning lists)
This service is provided subject to terms and conditions by continuing to use the planning application search service you are agreeing to these terms and conditions,
Important information: If you are searching an application reference which ends with 'A' i.e.. P16Q0009A then we wish to advise that these have changed to the following format 'letter100number' i.e. P16Q1009.
You can view the weekly lists of applications by simply completing the Received and Decided date fields - please note that the above fields can remain blank
Applications received between 1992 - Present Day
Historical Planning Application Search
This service is provided subject to terms and conditions by continuing to use the planning application search service you are agreeing to these terms and conditions,
Historic planning applications received between 1947 - 1992 (Historical search maybe less detailed)
Planning register index cards between 1947 - March 2016
Weekly Newspaper Advert
Published by Worcester City Council
Please note our webpages will be unavailable between 03:00 - 04:00 daily for routine system maintenance
Parking: Season Ticket Information
Parking Season Ticket Information
Season Parking Tickets are available for eleven of its fifteen City Centre car parks.
Drivers will be able to purchase Season Parking Tickers allowing access to car parks within two distinct Zones, depending on price paid.
All prices are inclusive of V.A.T.
The Season Parking Ticket allows the use of one car parking space* within any car park within the selected zone. Drivers will be free to park at different locations in the City simply by clearly displaying the correct Zone Season Parking Ticket. No longer will drivers be restricted to just one car park, Worcester City Council recognises that people need flexibility in planning their parking activities.
The display of the Season Parking Ticket also allows the driver to come and go in and out of the car park as often as necessary during the 24 hour period, drivers are not restricted to parking and remaining there all day. Provided a Season Parking Ticket is displayed, drivers are free to come and go as they chose (Provided a space is available)
Season Ticket Prices
'Amber Zone' Car Parks
Car Park Name
'Green Zone' Car Parks
Car Park Name
St Martins Gate
- The vehicle must be correctly parked within the standard bays and not in specifically designated spaces, such as Motorcycle bays, disabled persons blue badge bays or bays reserved for parent & toddlers.
- Applications for Season Parking Tickets should be made two working days in advance of the date on which you wish the Season Parking Ticket to commence.
- If the Season Parking Ticket is not clearly displayed in the front windscreen of your vehicle when parked, a Penalty Charge Notice may be issued.
- In addition, a Penalty Charge Notice may be issued if the vehicle continues to park after the Season Parking Ticket has expired.
* The purchase of a Season Parking Ticket does not guarantee a space being available at all times for the benefit of the Season Ticket holder, parking is subject to availability on the day.
Virtual Season Tickets
From 1 January 2016, Worcester City Council no longer issue physical Season Parking Permits for our car parks in the Amber & Green zones. Instead, like many other parking authorities and providers we have moved to a 'Virtual' system. This means once you have applied for and made your payment you will no longer receive a pass to put in the windscreen of your car.
Instead you will apply via the 'MiPermit' system that will process your application take your payment and create your own unique account in which you can manage which car you are using on the day, change vehicles or extend the period of operation for instance.
All the existing terms and conditions remain the same, the only difference is that you will not have anything to place in your car. The patrolling Civil Enforcement Officers have instant access to the data base that shows all current permits in operation and they simply tap in your registration number on their hand held device to check you have a current Season Permit when they see a car with no Pay & Display ticket in the windscreen.
This is very similar to the RingGo Pay by Telephone system and the way in which the DVLA administer your virtual Vehicle Excise Licence.
- For application details and other information please visit https://secure.mipermit.com/worcester/application/home.aspx
Over-night Parking Permits
In addition to the longer stay Season Parking Permits, Worcester City Council also provide an Over-night permit that allows parking between the hours of 6:00pm. and 9:00am. without the need to purchase a Pay & Display Ticket.
This type od permit is available in the following car parks at a cost of £50 a year [ and remains as a paper permit ].
- Newport Street.
- St. Martin's Gate [multi-storey]. All floors are closed between 9.00pm and opened at 7.00am
- Clare Street.
- Croft Road.
- Tallow Hill.
- Tybridge Street.
- Commandery Road.
- King Street.
Over-night permits are not provided in the red zone car parks, Cornmarket, Copenhagen Street and Providence street nor The Moors.
To apply, please contact & purchase an Over-night Parking Permit by calling the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 722233.
Further advice & guidance
If you require further advice or guidance please contact the Parking Team at email@example.com or telephone 01905 722233 and ask for the Parking Team.
Alternatively you can email MiPermit directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 0345 520 7007 between:
- Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 20:00
- Saturday: 08:00 - 16:00
- Sunday: Closed
Terms & Conditions
Parking: Car Parking
Worcester City Council Car Parking
Car Parks in and around Worcester City Centre
= Car Parks = Onstreet Disabled Parking Bays (Blue Badge holders only)
For further information please click the markers on the map
NB. Not all the parking locations shown on the map are owned by Worcester City Council
Road Closures for Approved Events
Road closures for approved events
Worcester City Council may grant Temporary Road Closure Orders under the authority of Section 21 of The Town Police Clause Act 1847 for events across the city for a variety of reasons, such as Civil Events like the annual Remembrance Day Parade, larger organised events such as The Race for Life or The Annual Motor Show held each year on the High Street.
These temporary road closures may also be granted for smaller more private events, such as organised street parties or one off celebrations to mark a special event that is restricted to residents or a private event.
Each individual application will be considered on its own merits and Worcester City Council cannot guarantee that any particular application will be granted.
If you wish to apply for a street party event please download and fill in the application form.
Worcester City Council does not charge for this service.
Approved road closures
Whereas during certain hours on certain days as described below various roads, all in the City of Worcester, will be thronged or liable to be obstructed and Worcester City Council, pursuant to the powers conferred by Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and all other enabling powers in that behalf have ORDERED AND DIRECTED that, for the purpose of preventing obstruction in the said roads on the said days as specified in the said Order, all vehicular traffic, including pedal cycles shall be prohibited save that the said Order shall not apply to public authority emergency vehicles or police vehicles.
No person shall cause any vehicle to proceed along various roads in the City of Worcester on various dates as follows:-
Remembrance Day Civic Service
For a period of one day on Friday 11th November 2016 to allow for a Remembrance Day Civic Service. The roads affected will be High Street (from its junction with Deansway to the Guildhall), College Street. It is expected that the closures will be required from 10:45 hours to 11:15 hours.
Remembrance Sunday Civic Service and Parade
For a period of one day on Sunday 13th November 2016 to allow for a Remembrance Sunday Service. The roads affected will be Queen Street (from its junction with Mealcheapen Street to its junction with The Trinity), Cornmarket, Mealcheapen Street, St Swithin’s Street, High Street, Deanway (from its junction with the Lychgate to its junction with All Saints) and College Street. It is expected that the closures will be required from 08:00 hours to 12:30 hours.
Remembrance Sunday Service - Claines
For a period of one day on Sunday 13th November 2016 to allow for a Remembrance Sunday Service. The road affected will be Cornmeadow Lane (from its junction with Claines Lane to its junction with St Anne’s Road). It is expected that the closures will be required from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours.
Remembrance Sunday Service - St Johns
For a period of one day on Sunday 13th November 2016 to allow for a Remembrance Sunday Service. The roads affected will be St Johns (from its junction with the Bull Ring to its junction with Swanpool Walk) and Bromyard Road (from its junction with Bull Ring to its junction with Glebe Close). It is expected that the closures will be required from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours.
Arrival of Father Christmas
For a period of one day on Sunday 20th November 2016 to allow for the Arrival of Father Christmas. The roads affected will be Broad Street, Angel Place, High Street (from its junction with Broad Street to its junction with Copenhagen Street) and Copenhagen Street (from its junction with High Street to its junction with Deansway). It is expected that the closures will be required from 12:30 hours to 16:30 hours.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and vehicular access to properties will be maintained where practicable for each event.
Planning - Heritage Homepage
Worcester is one of England's leading historic cities and has a rich heritage of historic buildings and archaeological remains. The city site has been occupied since prehistoric times and the town was an important Roman industrial centre. The medieval city was surrounded by stone walls and had a dozen churches as well as the magnificent cathedral.
The historic core has one of the largest concentrations of listed buildings in the country (there are over 1000 listed buildings in Worcester) and is one of 18 conservation areas in Worcester. The city centre and its medieval suburbs include many timber-framed and Georgian brick buildings. Other conservation areas cover Regency suburban developments, historic villages and hamlets, the river meadows and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Click here for a list of conservation areas and available maps and appraisal documents.
Scheduled monuments include the city walls as well as moated sites and earthworks dating from the Civil War. The sites of the first and last Battles of the Civil War in 1642 and 1651 are on the register of historic battlefields. Gheluvelt Park, a memorial park opened after the First World War, has recently been added to the register of historic parks and gardens. Scheduled monuments, listed buildings, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields and conservation areas are known as designated heritage assets.
Other heritage assets are undesignated. Some of these are included in the city's ‘local list‘.
Worcester City Council also maintains a register of ‘heritage at risk', largely buildings whose condition has given rise to concern. The City Council aims to work with owners and funding bodies to identify solutions for these assets, including repair and new uses.
Further information on archaeology in the planning process can be found on a separate page.
Information on Worcester's archaeological remains and historic buildings is held on the Worcester Historic Environment Record. This is searchable at Heritage Gateway, and can also be visited at The Hive. The National Heritage List for England contains information on nationally designated heritage assets (listed buildings, scheduled monuments, parks and gardens and historic battlefields).
Please note our webpages will be unavailable between 03:00 - 04:00 daily for routine system maintenance
Recycling & Waste - Household Waste
Domestic Refuse Collection
Our service to you
Worcester City Council is responsible for the collection of all municipal waste. Waste disposal is carried out in partnership with Worcestershire County Council. The Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Herefordshire & Worcestershire sets out the objectives of the two counties.
An alternate week wheelie bin scheme is operated in Worcester.
- Report missed collections, request an assisted collection, new or replacement bins and sacks
- Look up your bin collection day
How the wheelie bin scheme works
Our policy for most properties is that two wheelie bins are provided and that they are emptied on alternate weeks. The general waste bin (190ltr black) is collected one week, the recyclable waste bin (240ltr green) the next week and so on. This means that each type of waste needs to be safely stored in the appropriate bin for two weeks.
Some households may not be able to have either or both wheelie bins. Those situations are assessed by the Council and the household may need to use sacks but on alternate weeks.
We collect domestic waste and recyclables on four days per week; Tuesday to Friday. The collection service operates between 7.00 and 16.45. Different arrangements apply at Easter and Christmas/New Year which are announced on this website.
Householders are asked to place refuse (sacks or wheelie bins depending on which scheme you are on) at the front edge of the property on the day of collection by 7.00am. Please note that your refuse should ALWAYS be placed out by 7.00am on your day of collection.
The refuse should be on your property and not positioned on the public highway where it could cause an obstruction. However, where there is no front edge to the property, you are allowed to place refuse, in a safe position, on the footpath on the day of collection. Bins stored at the rear of properties should be brought round to the front.
If you use a communal bin store (shared by three or more properties), we will collect from that bin store. Where you have your own bin store (one or two properties), you will still be required to place your refuse out on the front edge of your property. For flats without communal bin stores (inc. upper floors), residents should take their refuse to the ground floor and place it at the front edge of the property. Refuse should not be left loose in bin stores but placed in the appropriate bin ready for collection.
If you are late or forget to place out your refuse, or if you are away from home on the day of collection, then please store it until the next collection. Refuse should not be left out in advance of the collection day as this could cause a health hazard. Occasionally, collection times can vary due to traffic, roadworks or breakdowns so the teams may take a different route. Therefore, householders should ensure their refuse or recycling is placed out by 7.00 on the day of collection. We cannot return to collect your refuse if you have placed it out after the vehicle has been.
Food waste in the black bins should be wrapped or contained within a bag. This will help keep the bin clean and reduce the potential for smells.
Recyclable materials should be placed loose into the green bin. As these materials should be clean, they will not create smells or a mess within the green bin.
Householders who decide not to use the Council's refuse collection services can take their refuse/recycling to a household waste site.
If you are a landlord, a housing association, managing agent or developer for properties in Worcester and you are not on our wheelie bin scheme please contact us so that we can discuss your circumstances with you.
Properties on a sack collection
There are a number of properties that are not able to have wheelie bins and will remain on a sack collection. Black sacks are supplied to these households in rolls of 52, once per year, usually in October. Sacks are delivered to an appropriate location on the edge of the property or in the bin store as appropriate.
On the alternate week scheme, properties are allowed to place out a maximum of FOUR black sacks per collection but any number of green recycling sacks.
I need help moving my wheelie bin or sacks
Householders can apply for assisted collection if they require help to move their wheelie bins or sacks due to an infirmity. An assisted collection is NOT available for opting out of wheelie bins in favour of sacks.
Bulky household waste collections
Large domestic items must not be placed in the bins. These items can be collected by the Council via a chargeable service booked at Customer Service Centre or alternatively they can be taken by the householder to one of the household recycling sites. Large items include furniture, white goods, mattresses, bags of garden waste or DIY rubble, rolls of carpet or any item that is not suitable to be compacted in the refuse lorry.
Freedom of Information: Business Rates
Business Rates Datasets
Worcester City Council receives regular FOI requests for information about business properties in the council's area. As many of these requests are for similar information we are now making the following commonly requested data available:
- All business properties in Worcester City
- Empty Properties
- Properties receiving Charitable or Rural Rate Relief
- Properties receiving Small Business Rate Relief
- Properties receiving Retail Relief
- New accounts in the previous 3 months
- Accounts with credit balances
Each set of data will be updated in January, April, July and October each year.
Notes about the data
- The ratepayers name and correspondence address will only be shown for companies and other organisations. If the ratepayer is a person those fields will be blank as required by Data Protection rules.
- The ratepayer is responsible for paying the rates but may not be the owner of the property. You can find out who owns a property from the Land Registry
- Our property reference number is also used by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) which values property for rating purposes on behalf of the government. You can find more information about the valuation of a property, including previous rateable values, by using the property reference number on the VOA website
- We do not disclose account reference numbers as they are personal to the ratepayer and are used to confirm identity.
All Business Properties
This list includes all properties in the Worcester City Council area that are subject to business rates. The data includes property reference and address, ratepayers name and correspondence address, date the ratepayer became liable, rateable value and description.
This list also contains an indicator showing whether the property appears in any of the other lists.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||All business properties.pdf||All business properties.csv|
|2016-17 Quarter 1||All business properties.pdf||All business properties.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||All business properties.pdf||All business properties.csv|
This list includes all business properties that are empty. The data includes the date the property became empty and the exemption type (if applicable). Business rates are not charged for the first 3 months that a property is empty or the first 6 months if it is industrial. After that full rates are payable unless the property is exempt.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||Empty Properties.pdf||Empty Properties.csv|
|2016-17 Quarter 1||Empty Properties.pdf||Empty Properties.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||Empty Properties.pdf||Empty Properties.csv|
Charitable and Rural Rate Relief
This list includes properties where the ratepayer is receiving mandatory or discretionary charitable rate relief or rural rate relief. The data includes the type of relief and the percentage awarded.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv|
|2016-17 Quarter 1||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.pdf||Charitable & Rural Rate Relief.csv|
Small Business Rate Relief
This list includes all properties where the ratepayer receives small business rate relief. The data includes the amount of relief awarded.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||Small Business Rate Relief.pdf||Small Business Rate Relief.csv|
|2016-17 - Quarter 1||Small Business Rate Relief.pdf||Small Business Rate Relief.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||Small Business Rate Relief.pdf||Small Business Rate Relief.csv|
This list includes all properties where the ratepayer receives retail relief. This relief can be given to properties with a rateable value of £50,000 or less that are used for retail purposes. The data includes the amount of relief awarded.
Please note - we no longer offer retail relief from Quarter 1 2016-2017.
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||Retail Relief.pdf||Retail Relief.csv|
New accounts per quarter
This list includes all properties where the ratepayer became liable from a date in the previous quarter. For example, the data published in July will include properties where the ratepayer became liable in April, May or June. The data includes the liability start date.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||New accounts.pdf||New accounts.csv|
|2016-17 - Quarter 1||New accounts.pdf||New accounts.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||New accounts.pdf||New accounts.csv|
Accounts in Credit
This list includes accounts that have a credit balance. The data includes the credit amount and the financial year it relates to. If you think you are entitled to an amount in this list you will need to provide proof of your entitlement and your bank account details to enable a refund to be made.
|2016-17 Quarter 2||Accounts in Credit.pdf||Accounts in Credit.csv|
|2016-17 - Quarter 1||Accounts in Credit.pdf||Accounts in Credit.csv|
|2015-16 - Quarter 4||Accounts in Credit.pdf||Accounts in Credit.csv|
If the data you require is not included in these lists you should send an FOI request to email@example.com