Malvern Hills District Council Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document

Following public consultation in the autumn of 2016 Malvern Hills District Council adopted the Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document at its Planning Committee meeting on 30th March 2017, to come into effect on 31st March 2017.

Copies of the adopted SPD and the Consultation Statement outlining how the consultation was undertaken, who was involved, and how responses were considered, and the Adoption Statement can be viewed on the links below:

Hard copies can be viewed at the following locations:

  • Malvern Hills Customer Services Centres/ libraries at Great Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn.

If you have any further queries please contact:

Rosie Murray
Malvern Hills District Council
01684 862354


The Shop Front Design Guide SPD sets out the Council’s guidance on the design and appearance of shop fronts in Malvern Hills District. It gives advice on the maintenance and  restoration of existing shop fronts and the design of new shop fronts. As many shops are in conservation areas or within or close to historic buildings, the design guide will help to conserve the street scene and the district’s heritage, as well as promoting good design generally.

The Design guide is relevant to businesses, property owners, architects and designers, planning officers and planning inspectors, and will be a material consideration in making decisions on applications for the provision of new shop fronts, or the alteration of existing ones.

A Shop Front Design Guide was first published in 2011. Although the design and technical advice contained in it was thought to be still largely relevant, with the adoption of the new development plan (the South Worcestershire Development Plan) the guidance has been updated to reflect current planning policy, advice and contact information.