Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document

The Design Guide SPD covers the local planning authorities of Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council (known collectively as the South Worcestershire Councils (SWC)).

The SPD provides additional guidance on how the SWDP design related policies should be interpreted, for example through the design and layout of new development and public spaces across south Worcestershire, and is consistent with the planning policies in the SWDP, in particular SWDP21 Design. It is aimed at built design professionals, e.g. architects, urban designers and developers but it will also be of relevance to anyone else with an interest in the delivery of quality residential design and public spaces.

The Design Guide SPD was formally adopted on Monday 5th March 2018.

For further information on the Design Guide SPD, please contact the Worcestershire Hub on 01905 763763 or a member of the SWC Planning Policy Team via email at