Planning for Health SPD


Planning for Health in South Worcestershire Supplementary Planning Document

Following public consultations earlier this year, the three south Worcestershire Councils (Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District) have now formally adopted the Planning for Health SPD, with effect from 20th September 2017.

Copies of the adopted SPD and the Consultation Statement that shows how the draft document has been amended, can be found below.

Health Impact Assessment Templates

Hard copies can also be viewed at the following locations:

  • Customer Services Centre at The Hive; Libraries at St John's and Warndon
  • Community Contact Centres in Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich; Libraries at Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich and Broadway
  • Malvern Hills Customer Services Centre at Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton-upon-Severn; Libraries at Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton-upon-Severn.

The Planning for Health SPD been prepared in partnership between the Strategic Planning team and Directorate of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council and representatives from Planning Policy and Development Management teams within the three South Worcestershire Councils.

The purpose of the Planning for Health SPD is to provide guidance to local authority planning officers, applicants, relevant organisations and the wider community on the planning and creation of healthier developments. Understanding the roles of the built and natural environments and their effect on health and wellbeing can help to improve people’s quality of life and provide a sustainable approach to the design and management of our environments. The SPD also aims to provide communities and organisations with information that supports and encourages positive action and participation to improve their health and wellbeing.

The SPD complements the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) and is intended to be used by planners, health professionals and applicants/agents/investors/developers in conjunction with the policies of the SWDP.

The draft SPD consultation ran from Friday 2nd December 2016 to Friday 27th January 2017.

The consultation is part of a programme of work in the Local Development Scheme 2016-2019 that came into effect on 1st December 2016.

For further information on the SPD, please contact:

The Worcestershire Hub on 01905 763763; or the South Worcestershire Planning Policy Team Officers via the following email: