Environment

Orchard, Malvern Hills District

Interim Guidance Note on the Application of SWDP 27 (Renewable and Low Carbon Energy)
The South Worcestershire Councils have prepared an Interim Guidance Note on the application of Policy SWDP 27 relating to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy in the adopted South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

Enplanner Low Carbon Planning Toolkit
The South Worcestershire Councils will use the online Enplanner Low Carbon Planning Toolkit developed by Encraft and the Carbon Trust to help assess submitted energy statements.

Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy (Worcestershire County Council, 2014)
The Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy is supported by four evidence base documents which cover the following issues:

  • GI Framework Document 1 – establishes GI concept and policy context for Worcestershire
  • GI Framework Document 2 – establishes the Environmental Character Areas based on natural environment datasets
  • GI Framework Document 3 – explores the supply, potential need and capacity of strategic recreational assets
  • GI Framework Document 4 – investigates the economic, health and climate change benefits of GI.

Evidence base for Worcester’s Green Network

Environmental Constraints Study (Faber Maunsell, January 2008).
This report considered the strategic level water cycle constraints on future development.

Green Belt Review (Nicholas Pearson Associates, July 2010)
This report provides a comprehensive review of the existing Green Belt in South Worcestershire and briefly discusses the potential for additional Green Belt designations.

Green Infrastructure Study (Faber Maunsell, July 2007)
The scope of this report was limited to six kilometres beyond the Worcester City Council boundary and this report informed the preferred directions of future growth for the city.

Green Infrastructure Interim Report (Environmental Stakeholders in Worcestershire, November 2009)
This report collates a comprehensive range of environmental information which will be used in the production of a county wide Green Infrastructure Framework,(which will map a network of natural land and open spaces for example, within Worcestershire) .

Green Infrastructure Study for the Growth Areas – A Desktop Site Analysis (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, September 2008)
This study reviews sites put forward for development and identifies ecological constraints and opportunities. This information has helped to determine which sites are most suitable for development and were development should be avoided if at all possible.

Level 1 – Historic Environment Statement For The main Towns and Other Towns (Worcestershire County Council, September 2008)
This study identifies the main historic features in and around the South Worcestershire towns, excludingWorcester, which need to be considered during the formulation of planning policy.

Historic Environment Assessment for the South Worcestershire Area (Historic Environment and Archaeology Service, May 2010)
This assessment provides a strategic level historic environment evidence base that highlights key historic environment character and sensitivities. The report provides the context for site specific assessments and identifies locations that require detailed investigations.

Planning for Climate Change (Worcestershire County Council, May 2008)
This report considers policy relevant to climate change adaptation and considers issues such as biodiversity, water resources, energy supply and flood risk.

Planning for Renewable Energy (Worcestershire County Council, January 2009)
This report considers the potential for the production of renewable energy in Worcestershire as well as the limitations imposed by landscape, biodiversity and heritage.

Planning for Water (Worcestershire County Council, December 2008)
This report explains the water management issues facing Worcestershire over the next twenty years and provides best practice examples of, planning for, and managing, water resources.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2 Update – Worcester West urban extension (JBA Consulting, February 2015)
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2 Update (JBA Consulting, June 2014)
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (JBA Consulting, December 2012)
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (JBA Consulting, November 2009)
This report identifies which locations are most and least likely to experience flooding. This evidence has been used to help select the most suitable locations for development. The second part of this report has provided a more detailed assessment of the consequences for flood management if specific sites were developed.

 River Teme at Tenbury Wells

Water Cycle Study – Update (JBA Consulting, June 2014)
Water Cycle Study – Final Addendum Report (JBA Consulting, May 2013)
Water Cycle Study (JBA Consulting, September 2010)
This report has informed the selection of broad locations for future development, i.e. those locations where there will be least impact on water quality, water resources, water infrastructure and flood risk. The report also highlights the potential for mitigating any negative effects on the water environment from potential development.

Worcestershire Landscape Character Assessment – Process, Products and its Role in the Planning System (Worcestershire County Council, June 2008)
This document is the third in the Worcestershire Landscape Character Assessment portfolio. This documents informed the broad locations for future development and the Green Network policy.