Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Report

2rd Edition

Jointly produced by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council, January 2010

The South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is a joint report produced by officers from the three South Worcestershire local authorities of Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council. This is the second full edition (further to the June 2008 edition) to be produced and as the SHLAA is a continuous process it will be updated on a regular basis. The SHLAA report provides background evidence on the potential supply of housing land in South Worcestershire. It is a technical report and is not a decision making document, and does not allocate land for housing. It will however contribute to the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy by helping to establish whether broad directions for development growth are feasible in terms of land availability, deliverability and in what potential timeframe. It will also provide background evidence for the Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document and assist in monitoring a 5 year housing land supply.

The village categorisation reflects the changes in the 2009 Village Facilities and Rural Transport Survey, and therefore some villages that have changed categories have not been assessed at a panel and will not have an accompanying panel sheet to the map. The three local authorities have conducted a series of developer panels to assess the sites in more detail and these have been extended to examine the new sites that have been submitted during 2009. Previous to this, developer panels were conducted during October 2007 and January 2008.

Villages that have moved into Category 1 or 2 and have not already been assessed at a panel will be assessed and the results published in the Summer 2010 edition of the SHLAA, which will coincide with the Site Allocations and Policies Development Plan Document Preferred Options consultation.

For enquiries regarding the SHLAA, please contact the relevant Planning Officer:

Malvern Hills District Council: 01684 862373
Worcester City Council: 01905 722545
Wychavon District Council: 01386 565430

CD copies of the SHLAA report (£10 + 50p for p&p) can be requested by emailing:

Maps of all settlements considered at panels and associated results:


Main report
Index of all sites


Appendix 1 Housing allocations for South Worcestershire
Appendix 2 South Worcestershire Developability Panels Process
Appendix 3 Notes on Panel Process
Appendix 4 Panel Assessment Form
Appendix 5 Site Proforma
Appendix 6 Explanation for reasons for ruling out sites
Appendix 7 Officer Contacts within each Local Planning Authority
Appendix 8 Panels attendees & dates 
Appendix 9 SHLAA Panel Terms of Reference
Appendix 10 Letter sent to parties regarding new sites
Appendix 11 List of references
Appendix 12 Glossary of terms
Appendix 13 Joint Village Facilities & Rural Transport Survey 2009
Appendix 14 Site Appraisal Form


Map 1: Worcester, Whittington and Strategic Sites (9.8MB)
Map 2: Droitwich Spa
Map 3: Evesham
Map 4: Malvern and Malvern Wells
Map 5: Pershore
Map 6: Upton-upon-Severn (including Tunnel Hill and Ryall)
Map 7: Tenbury Wells

Category 1 Villages
Map 8: Abberley Common & Badsey
Map 9: Bredon (including Bredon’s Hardwick) & Clifton-on-Teme (NB. Bredon’s Hardwick is a category 5 village)
Map 10: Broadway
Map 11: Great Witley & Hallow
Map 12: Hanley Swan & Hartlebury
Map 13: Honeybourne & Inkberrow
Map 14: Kempsey & Lower Broadheath
Map 15: Martley & Offenham
Map 16: Ombersley & Pinvin
Map 17: Powick & Colletss Green & Rushwick
Map 18: Welland and Wychbold

Category 2 Villages
Map 19: Alfrick & Ashton-under-Hill
Map 20: Beckford & Bretforton
Map 21: Callow End & Cleeve Prior
Map 22: Clows Top & Drakes Broughton
Map 23: Eckington & Fernhill Heath
Map 24: Flyford Flavell & Hanley Castle
Map 25: Harvington
Map 26: Holt Heath & Kemerton
Map 27: Leigh Sinton & Lower Moor
Map 28: Norton Juxta Kempsey & Sedgeberrow
Map 29: South Littleton & Tibberton
Map 30: Upton Snodsbury & Wickhamford

Category 3 Villages
Map 31: Bayton & Birlingham
Map 32: Bransford & Broadwas
Map 33: Corse Lawn & Childswickham
MAP 34: Church Lench & Cropthorne
Map 35: Crowle & Cutnall Green
Map 36: Defford & Eardiston
Map 37: Earls Croome & Elmley Castle
Map 38: Fladbury & Grimley
Map 39: Hanbury & Himbleton
Map 40: Little Witley & Littleworth
Map 41: Middle & North Littleton
Map 42: Longley Green & Overbury
Map 43: Pebworth & Ripple
Map 44: Ryall & Holly Green & Stoke Prior
Map 45: Shrawley & Suckley
Map 46: Tunnel Hill & Whittington
Map 47: Wyre Piddle

Please note that each map shows all of the sites that have been identified in or adjacent the stated settlement, the detailed panel results behind each map only provide the results for the sites that went through the panel process. Therefore, in some cases, the number of sites identified on the maps does not match the number of sites considered through the panel process. Some sites will have already been ruled out at an earlier stage, for example for sites designated as open space (PPG17), where there has been duplication or there is a flood risk.