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.

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon started a review of the SWDP in late 2017.  

The SWDP ‘Issues and Options’ consultation will run for six weeks from Monday 5 November 2018 to Monday 17 December 2018.

Further information relating to the consultation and the SWDP review can be found on the SWDP website.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Following a public hearing held on 29 November 2016  the South Worcestershire Councils (SWCs) received on 27 January 2017 the final report on the proposed  Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedules, from examiner Mr Roger Clews of The Planning Inspectorate. The report concluded that, subject to his recommended modifications, the CIL Charging Schedules for Malvern Hills District, Worcester City, and Wychavon District Councils provided an appropriate basis for the collection of the CIL for each SWCs.

Developers/applicants and agents should be aware that Worcester City Council adopted its CIL Charging Schedule and associated documents on Tuesday 16 May.  CIL charging commenced on Monday 4 September 2017 and CIL charges will apply for all qualifying development. It is important to note that CIL will apply to applications that are determined on or after 4 September 2017, including those which were submitted before this date.  All planning applications will need to be accompanied by an Additional Information for CIL form that is available from The Planning Portal. Find further information relating to CIL.

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

The south Worcestershire councils are preparing a Traveller and Travelling Show people Site Allocations DPD.  This document will allocate land to meet the new for Travellers’ sites.  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 most recent SCI was formally adopted by the Full Council meeting on 20 February 2018

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) for Worcester City Council covers the period 2018-2021. This version was approved at the meeting of Full Council on 30 October 2018 and came into effect on Thursday 1 November 2018.

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.