The SWDP is a planning framework that aims to ensure development has a positive impact on the environment. It has been jointly prepared by the three authorities of Malvern Hills, Wychavon and Worcester City. It forms the heart of the new Local Development Framework.

It considers the long term vision and objectives for South Worcestershire and contains the policies for delivering these objectives in a planned and cohesive manner.

This South Worcestershire Development Plan:

  • allocates larger ‘strategic' sites across South Worcestershire;
  • provides policies to ensure that any development is sustainable;
  • and assesses all other potential development sites whether for housing, employment, retail, education, health, community use or an open space use.

You can read more about the SWDP and access evidence base documents on the dedicated SWDP website.

SWDP Review

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon started a review of the SWDP in late 2017. Further information relating to the  SWDP review can be found on the  SWDP website.