Planning Policy

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South Worcestershire Development Plan

Planning policies set out how planning applications will be considered.

The guidance comes in the form of formal 'development plans' and more informal 'supplementary' guidance.

The Development Plans Team is responsible for developing the council's planning policies.

The Team can provide you with information on:

This is a guide to the Development Plans and Conservation Section and our service standards.

The key planning policy documents for Malvern Hills district are below. Further information is available by clicking on the links in the titles below.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Consultation

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.

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...Read More

The Planning Policy Framework   

The planning policy framework includes Development Plan Documents, such as the adopted South Worcestershire Development Plan.

The policy framework also includes Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance.

The Planning Policy Framework webpage sets out an overview of the planning policy framework for the Malvern Hills district.

South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) 2016   

The South Worcestershire Development Plan is a joint plan prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council and will guide development in the area up to the year 2030. It was adopted on 25th February 2016.

It forms part of the new Local Plan, together with the emerging Travellers and Travelling Showpeople DPD, and replace the existing Local Plans of the three councils.               

The MHDC Local Plan (1996-2011)   

The Malvern Hills District Local Plan 2006 is superseded by the South Worcestershire Development Plan and its policies no longer apply. The plan is archived here for reference only.

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