South Worcestershire Development Plan

The South Worcestershire Development Plan Draft Submission Document will be available for you to view and comment between the following dates:

Start date: 11/01/13 09:00
End date: 22/02/13 17:00

The three Councils of Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon are working together on the joint SWDP. The Plan will allocate land and provide planning guidance on development in the area up to the year 2030. The Plan sets out strategic and detailed policies, allocates housing and employment sites and the necessary infrastructure to accommodate it.

In December 2012, all three Councils approved the document for the submission process, the first stage of which is a further period of consultation focused on legal compliance and soundness of the SWDP. It is a statutory requirement to consult at this stage. The consultation will consist of:

  1. The draft SWDP Submission document and accompanying response form.
  2. The Test of Soundness and Legal Compliance as set out in the guidance notes which accompany the response form on the website.
  3. Supporting information, including the Proposals Map that is available on the website.

All of the documents and supporting information are available electronically from the SWDP website. Hard copies of the draft Plan are available for inspection at local libraries and Customer Contact Centres across the three local authorities where small supplies of the response form will also be available. Hard copies of these documents can be obtained on request.

Although you may have made previous representations to the process to date, should you wish to have the chance to appear at the Examination in Public (EIP) in the summer of 2013 it is essential that you make a response (based on the Tests of Legal Compliance and/or Soundness) at this stage. Please note, however, that participation at the EIP is at the discretion of the Inspector.

If you have any queries on this, please see the website: or e-mail:, or telephone: 01905 722233. You can also write to The South Worcestershire Development Team, Orchard House, Farrier Street, Worcester, WR1 3BB.

Further contact regarding the SWDP is likely to be by e-mail so that best use of limited resources can be achieved.

Yours faithfully
Paul Bayliss
SWDP Project Manager