The Authorities’ Monitoring Report (AMR) is jointly prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council.

The latest pdf SWDP Authorities’ Monitoring Report (701 KB)  covers the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The report monitors the policies of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) which was adopted on 25 February 2016. It includes, amongst other things, information on housing completions, and progress on the development of allocated sites. It also monitors progress on associated local development documents e.g. Supplementary Planning Documents; and Neighbourhood Plans.

Housing Land Monitor

The Housing Land Monitor is the principal information source for annual housing land supply updates within Worcester City.  The HLM contains an analysis of the housing land situation as a position statement every April.  It examines the trend in housing completions, progress in the provision of affordable housing and the contributions towards the supply of housing on previously developed land.  This report examines Worcester City’s supply of available and deliverable housing land and provides an update on our five-year housing land supply position.  The status of each site is obtained from site surveys carried out by planning officers in the spring of each reporting year.

This report has been produced to take into account the continued work of Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council's joint working role in monitoring the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), and tracking progress towards meeting the housing requirements of South Worcestershire from 2006 to 2030.

South Worcestershire Five-Year Housing Land Supply

December 2022

This report provides a full explanation of the Five Year Housing Land Supply (5YHLS) calculation for the South Worcestershire Councils as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). It sets out the housing requirement, delivery to-date and identifies deliverable housing sites for the next five years to 31 March 2027.

The report includes an appropriate in-depth analysis of sites with planning permission and those that are allocations in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) to provide additional evidence about deliverability and to ensure that the supply calculation is robust.

Read the reports and accompanying appendices:

Please note that sections 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5 of the Five Year Housing Land Supply Report 2022 stated 'March 2037', which should have read 'March 2027'.

November 2022 Update

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWCs) have reviewed their Five-Year Housing Land Supply position for 2022. In light of recent appeal decisions, the SWCs are now proposing to adopt an individual district approach for the Five-Year Housing Land Supply calculation. The result is that Malvern Hills has a 5.06-year supply, Worcester City 3.06 and Wychavon 3.68. These figures will be used as a material consideration in determining planning applications.

The SWCs will continue to publish a joint calculation for information and monitoring purposes and will seek confirmation of this approach through the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR). The joint calculation results in 3.94 years of housing land supply across the whole SWDP area.

The full report and supporting evidence is expected to be published later this year.

Employment Land Monitor

The Employment Land Monitor (ELM) is the principle source of information for reporting on employment land development within Worcester City each year and contributes to the Council's primary monitoring document, the Authority Monitoring Report (AMR).

The ELM is used to assess progress towards meeting the employment land allocation requirement for Worcester City as part of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) (adopted 2016).

The report outlines the details of individual employment sites with the benefit of planning permission that have either been constructed, are under construction or remain outstanding and reports on the overall supply of available employment land in the district for the monitoring year. The status of each site is obtained from individual site checks carried out by planning officers in the spring of each year.

The report is focused on employment land which relates to business use within Classes B1, (up to 1 September 2020), E(g) (replacing B1 from 1 September 2020), B2 and B8 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended).

Retail Monitor

The Retail Monitor report provides detailed background information about retail premises within those retail centres identified in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (adopted 2016).

The Retail Monitor is used to assess the viability of identified shopping centres and the impact of the retail policies within the SWDP, principally policies SWDP9 and SWDP10, on the health of retailing within Worcester.

Developer Contributions Monitor

Until 2019 the Council produced a Developer Contributions Monitor containing information about Worcester City Council’s use of developer contributions arising from approved development.

Due to a change in regulations in 2019, the Developer Contributions Monitor has now been replaced by the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) which can be found on the  Developer Contributions Page. This provides information on developer contributions from both Section 106 Agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).