The South Worcestershire Councils (SWCs) (Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District) have commenced a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). The SWDP was adopted in February 2016 and the SWCs are required, by the 2017 Regulations to complete a review every five years. The SWDP Review will cover the period to 2041. The SWDP Review will allocate further land for houses, jobs and retail. It will also set out planning policies for making decisions on new development proposals up to the year 2041.

This ‘Preferred Options’ consultation followed the ‘Issues and Options’ consultation document and it set out the Councils’ draft policies and identifies the sites which the three Councils think should be developed for housing, employment and mixed uses. We wanted your views on the Preferred Options. The consultation ran from Monday 4 November to 5pm on Monday 16 December 2019.

Preferred Options Document - Web Version /  pdf PDF (15.12 MB)

pdf Preferred Options Summary Document (16.35 MB)

pdf Preferred Options Summary Leaflet (1.66 MB)

SWDP Review Interactive Policies Map

SWDP Review Preferred Options PDF Maps

pdf SWDP Review Preferred Options Summary of Responses Officer Summaries (10.81 MB)


In support of the publication of the SWDP Review Preferred Options document, a number of supporting documents were produced.

pdf SWDP Review Preferred Options Consultation Strategy (38 KB)

pdf SWDP Review Issues and Options Statement of Consultation (214 KB)

pdf SWDP Review Issues and Options Schedule of Representations  (8.83 MB)

pdf SWDP Review Duty to Cooperate (463 KB)


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)