Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report (July 2013)

The South Worcestershire authorities have sought and gained the Inspector’s permission to add to the Core Document Library a Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report  ( CD 217).

The councils  are very aware of the length of time that the entire process has taken since the inception of the initial Joint Core Strategy in 2006 and the amount of detailed information that the process has generated, including various iterations of the Sustainability Appraisals. Consequently  the Councils have decided to prepare this report  to assist participants.

This material is presented to the inspector and participants in the interests of openness and transparency. The Councils would wish to stress that they do not consider that there is any new information contained therein and that it is a re-presentation of existing material from the Sustainability Appraisals to assist participants’ understanding of the evidence underpinning the Councils’ strategy, policies  and site selections, including reasons for selecting/rejecting alternatives .

South Worcestershire Development Plan submitted

South Worcestershire Development Plan submitted.

On Tuesday 28th May 2013 Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils jointly submitted the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

You can view the submitted SWDP and the key Submission Documents via the links below:

SWDP Submission letter – 28th May 2013

Statement of Availability – June 2013  

CD 001 SWDP Proposed Submission Document (Jan 2013)
CD 002 SWDP Proposed Submission Document: Tracked Change Version to demonstrate the impact of the recommended minor changes (May 2013)
CD 003 Schedule of Minor Recommended Changes (May 2013)
CD 004 Duty to Cooperate Statement (May 2013)
CD 005 Soundness Self-Assessment Checklist (May 2013)
CD 006 Consultation Report (Reg 22 (1)(c)) May 2013)
CD 007 Statement of Representations (Reg 22 (1)(c )(v)) Report (May 2013)
CD 008 SWDP Submission Policies Map (May 2013)
CD 009 List of Superseded Local Plan Policies and Proposals (May 2013)
CD 010 Sustainability Appraisal Main Report (Integrated Appraisal) – November 2012
CD 010a A1: Statement on Compliance with SEA Directive & Regulations
CD 010b A2: SA Compatibility Analysis of Vision and Spatial Objectives
CD 010c A3: SA of Development Strategy Core Policies
CD 010d A4: SWDP POs: Site Allocations Urban Areas
CD 010e A5: Rural Housing and Employment Sites
CD 010f A6: SA of Development Management Policies: Sustainable and Prosperous Communities
CD 010g A7: Consultation Responses
CD 010h A8: SA Framework Sites: Strategic & Non-Strategic
CD 010i A9: Plans & Programmes & Baseline Update
CD 010j A10: Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment (EqIA)
CD 010k A11: SA of Significant Changes
CD 011 Habitats Regulations Assessment (Appropriate Assessment) – Main Report
CD 011a A I: European Site Characterisations
CD 011b A II: Plans, Projects and Programmes Review
CD 011c A III: SWDP Pre-Submission Policy Screening
CD 011d A IV: European Sites Screening
CD 011e A V: Consultation Commentary
CD 012 South Worcestershire IDP – May 2013


Click here to view supporting evidence base and background papers

Click here to view all representations received (in redacted form) from the Proposed Submission Consultation

Paper copies of a number of the key Submission Documents will also be made available at the  deposit locations in accordance with Regulation 22(3)(a). These locations include customer care centres and libraries at Worcester, Malvern Hills, Upton Upon Severn , Tenbury Wells, Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore.

The name of the Inspector appointed by the Planning Inspectorate has been confirmed as Mr Roger Clews BA MSc DipEd DipTP MRTPI.

The three Councils have jointly appointed a Programme Officer to organise and administer the examination into the SWDP under the guidance of the appointed Planning Inspector. The Programme Officer is:

Helen Wilson
32 Pennyford Close
B97 6TW

Tel: 01527 65741

to whom all correspondence and enquiries in respect of the examination process should be addressed.

Helen has established an Examination webpage: Whilst hosted by the SWDP website, the Examination webpage will be maintained by Helen.

It is anticipated that the hearings will take place in the summer of 2013 and adoption will be achieved in early 2014.

SWDP Submission update

We received a large number of responses and representations to our technical consultation on the South Worcestershire Development Plan at the start of the year. It is taking time to go through all these in the correct manner, so the leaders of the three partner authorities have now agreed to submit the Plan to the Secretary of State no later than the end of May. We are working on the basis that the public hearing will still start in the summer.

SWDP Proposed Submission Consultation

In December 2012, all three participating Councils approved the SWDP Proposed Submission Document for public consultation which ended on Friday 22 February 2013.

Approximately 600 individuals and interested parties responded. Many have made multiple representations and these are now being processed. All those that are duly made will be submitted to the Secretary of State who will appoint an independent Inspector to examine the SWDP.

The examination begins as soon as the plan is submitted. The Inspector will hold a number of hearing sessions, likely to be over a 3 week period during the summer. Each session will cover a topic (be it generic, policy or site specific) which the Inspector considers needs examining.

If you have indicated that you wish to participate at a hearing then every effort will be made to accommodate you. However on some matters numerous representations have been submitted, which raise very similar issues. Therefore you may be asked to group together, as it is unlikely that all those wishing to participate will be able to do so.

The hearing sessions are all open to the public to attend and observe.