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 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. Worcester City has worked with Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils to prepare a joint Local Plan covering the three Local Authority areas. The South Worcestershire Development Plan came into effect on 25 February 2016..
The following links will provide more information on the various aspects of the Planning Policy & Economic Development team's work:
- Local Development Framework
- South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)
- Supplementary Planning Documents & Guidance
Contact the Planning Policy Team
Responsible for Planning policy preparation including involvement in the South Worcestershire Development Plan, the implementation of the Local Development Scheme, monitoring and major development proposals.
Postal address: Worcester City Council, Planning Policy, The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY.
Tel: 01905 722233
Fax: 01905 722565