Planning Constraints

There are a number of site specific or area based constraints which are taken into account in determining planning applications. Information regarding some of these planning constraints and links to further information can be obtained by using the links below:


Flood Risk

Some parts of Wychavon District are at risk from flooding.

To find out if a property or site is at risk from flooding please follow this link and enter the address details.

For sites within a flood zone the advice of the Environment Agency will be taken into account in the consideration of any application. The Environment Agency have issued standing advice to allow Local Planning Authorities to make decisions on planning applications where flood risk is low without the need to directly consult them. The Standing Advice also identifies those cases where consultation with the Environment Agency will take place.

In considering any planning application in a flood risk zone regard will also be had

Further Advice

Environment Agency: Flood: What you need to know

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Parts of the south east of Wychavon District Council fall within the Cotswold AONB, including Bredon Hill and the Cotswold Escarpment. The landscape of the Cotswold AONB is distinctive and scenically attractive.

Proposals for development within the AONB will be assessed to ensure that they do not adversely affect, but conserve and where appropriate enhance the character, special qualities and appearance of the Cotswold AONB.

Planning applications will be determined against policies in:

Further Advice and Information

Cotswold Conservation Board

Town and Country Planning Order

Articles 3 and 4

Article 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 provides for certain developments (set out in accordance with the schedules) to be carried out without the need for planning permission.

Article 4 of the Order also allows councils to remove these rights to carry out certain works without the need for planning permission over certain areas (typically Conservation Areas) by making a direction.

Wychavon District Council has not made any Article 3 Orders however there are a number of Article 4 directions.

If your property is the subject of an Article 4 direction and you propose to carry out work you are advised to contact us.