South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City 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.

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.

Publication of the Inspector’s Report into the South Worcestershire Development Plan

On 4 February 2016 the Planning Inspectorate issued the South Worcestershire Development Plan examination Inspector’s final report. This report, which concludes that the SWDP (as modified) meets all the soundness and legal compliance tests, as of 5 February 2016 is now published and is available to view below.

The Inspector’s Report is also available on the South Worcestershire Development Plan website.

On 23 and 24 February 2016 the three south Worcestershire Councils - Malvern Hills District, Wychavon District and Worcester City - formally adopted the SWDP.

Details of the council meetings at which the adoption was agreed are available on each of the councils' websites. Read about Worcester City's meeting.

Further information is available on the SWDP website.

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon started a review of the SWDP in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.

Call for Sites Consultation

Potential sites for housing and employment development - Call for Sites Consultation - 21 May – 2 July 2018.

As part of the SWDP review the SWC are undertaking a “Call for Sites”- inviting landowners or their agents/developers to submit land for potential future housing and employment development. Subsequently the SWC will publish a Strategic Housing and Employment Availability Assessment (SHELAA – previously only land available for housing was requested hence Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment). This will provide the SWC with evidence which will inform the spatial development option which will then be set out in the Preferred Option that will be consulted upon in November 2019.

If you wish to submit information relating to land for housing and employment development, please follow the link below to the SWDP website to access the relevant information and response forms. Forms should be returned by no later than 5.00pm on Monday 2 July 2018.

Please note, if you have submitted a site / land in the past through the earlier SHLAA process you STILL need to submit the information again. This is in line with the new General Data Protection Regulations whereby we are not allowed to retain your details without your express consent.

SHELAA Methodology Consultation

The SWC are also updating the SHELAA methodology that explains how land / sites submitted will be assessed for their development potential. This is in line with changes in national planning policy that now require Councils to assess housing and employment sites under the same process. If you wish to make comments on the methodology, please follow the link below to the SWDP website to access the SHELAA methodology report and response forms. Forms should be returned by no later than 5.00pm on Monday 2 July 2018.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

As part of the preparation of the SWDP Review an appraisal of the social, environmental and economic impact of the plan must be carried out. This appraisal is known as Sustainability Appraisal.  In addition to Sustainability Appraisal, the SWDP review must comply with the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), in accordance with European Directive 2001/42/EC, to ensure that environmental effects are given full consideration alongside social and economic issues when preparing the plan. Therefore, the requirements of the SEA Directive have been incorporated into the Sustainability Appraisal scoping process.

In order to identify the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the Sustainability Appraisal, a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report has been prepared and is available for consultation until 5pm on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.  View the SWDP review Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report and submit comments.