South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)

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.