The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) must be based on up to date and robust information to ensure that the policies and proposals within it have a sound basis. The ‘soundness’ of Development Plan Documents is one of the key matters that will be tested at examination.
The SWDP takes into account Government planning policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and the supporting National Planning Practice Guidance; Saved Policies of the Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon adopted Local Plans; and the various themes and priority outcomes of the Sustainable Community Strategy covering south Worcestershire.
From this page you can access current and previous SWDP consultation documents, evidence papers, community strategies and background policy papers.
THE ADOPTED SWDP 2016
The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) was adopted and published on 25 February 2016. There followed a period of six weeks in which interested parties could have challenged the SWDP, or elements of it, in the High Court. No such challenges were lodged so the SWDP remains as adopted and published by the three Councils. The SWDP is an integral part of the Development Plan ( which also includes the Minerals and Waste Local Plans prepared by Worcestershire County Council) for the administrative areas of Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District. Planning decisions by these Local Planning Authorities and the Government’s Planning Inspectorate must be taken in accordance with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
SWDP MAIN MODIFICATIONS 2015
At the Council meetings held on 22 September 2015 (Malvern Hills District Council) and 30 September 2015 (Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils) the three South Worcestershire Councils agreed to undertake formal consultation into the Main Modifications arising from the Stage 2 Hearings which took place between February – June 2015.
The Main Modifications presented for consultation have arisen from the Stage 2 hearings at which the Inspector holistically considered the SWDP, taking into account his findings in Stage 1. It is considered by the councils that these Main Modifications are necessary for the Inspector to conclude his examination of the SWDP.
SWDP PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS 2014
Following Stage 1 of the SWDP Examination, which occurred over two sittings during October 2013 and March 2014, the Inspector recommended an increase in the overall housing provision to 28,370, requiring the south Worcestershire councils to identify proposed sites for around 6,200 dwellings. The south Worcestershire councils subsequently undertook an additional period of public consultation to consult on the newly proposed housing sites, as well as other main modifications. The consultation ran from 6 October to 14 November 2014.
SWDP PROPOSED SUBMISSION 2013
In December 2012, all three Councils approved the SWDP Proposed Submission Document for the six week period of public consultation that commences on Friday 11 January 2013 and concludes at 5.00pm on Friday 22 February 2013. This is the first stage of the statutory submission process to the Secretary of State and subsequent public inquiry in the summer of 2013.
PROPOSED SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE 2011 PREFERRED OPTIONS
This document only relates to the proposed significant changes to the Preferred Options published in September 2011.
PREFERRED OPTION 2011 CONSULTATION DOCUMENT
The full document can be viewed online. For those wanting a brief summary a summary document has been prepared outlining the key issues and proposals affecting South Worcestershire.
SUPPORTING EVIDENCE & BACKGROUND PAPERS
The South Worcestershire Development Plan is also based on technical evidence including feedback from infrastructure / service providers, specific technical reports including the required Sustainability Appraisal as well as feed back from previous public consultations
CORE DOCUMENTS LIST
Examination Core documents have been prepared to support the South Worcestershire Development Plan.