The South Worcestershire Development Plan Review 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. To meet the tests of soundness, the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review is based on technical evidence including specific technical reports, such as the required Sustainability Appraisal, feedback from infrastructure / service providers and feedback from various public consultations.

The following provides a list of evidence documents prepared in support of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review:

Cotswolds and Malvern Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Studies

Development Boundaries Review

Economic Development Needs Assessment (EDNA)

Green Belt Study

Infrastructure Study and Delivery Plan

Open Space Assessment

Retail and Town Centres Study

South Worcestershire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA)

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Transport Modelling

Viability Assessment

Village Facilities and Rural Transport Study (VFRTS)

Water Cycle Study


In addition, a number of Preferred Options Topic Papers were produced.

pdf Determining an Appropriate Development Strategy (51 KB)

pdf Housing Numbers (88 KB)

pdf Significant Gaps Appraisal (114 KB)

pdf Request to designate Middle Battenhall Farm, Worcester as a Local Green Space (127 KB)