Planning Policy

The planning policy team are responsible for ensuring that the council has up to date local plan coverage for the whole district. Not to mention, providing advice on a range of issues that includes the impact of policies prepared by other bodies.

Planning applications are determined by either the Local Planning Authority (i.e. Wychavon District Council) or the Planning Inspectorate, and in exceptional circumstances the Secretary of State. The decisions have to be principally based on the application of planning policy. 

National Planning Policy Framework 

Sets out the priorities for planning in England and places significant emphasis on sustainable development, and the requirement to reflect presumption of sustainable development in Local Plans.

Further information about the NPPF can be found on the Communities and Local Government website.

South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)

The SWDP considers the long term vision and objectives for South Worcestershire up to the year 2030, as well as containing the policies for delivering these objectives.

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon started a review of the SWDP in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.

The plan will update the existing SWDP and where necessary its Vision, Objectives, Spatial Strategy and policies for the future development of the South Worcestershire area. The second part of the plan includes site allocations, policies and policy designations that will provide for the development needs of the area up to 2041.

Neighbourhood Planning Neighbourhood Plans allow a partnership of communities including businesses, residents and interested parties to develop policies that, subject to an independent examination and community referendum, will become part of the planning framework for land uses in their local area.
Supplementary Planning Documents SPDs are used to provide more detail on how policies set out in the development plan will be applied. SPDs are subject to public consultation and are 'material considerations' in the determination of planning applications.

 

Other planning documents

Planning Policy Monitoring

Reports progress against the timetable set out in the Local Development Schemes (LDS) and assesses the extent to which the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) policies are being implemented.

Brownfield Land Register Brownfield land registers are intended to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that local authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development.
Self Build Register The self build register makes it easier for us to identify the demand for suitable building plots in the Wychavon district.


All personal data held is processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. For more information please see our privacy notice on our website.

Local Development Schemes (LDS)

The LDS is a project management document which sets out the council priorities for producing planning policy documents over the coming three years.

The Local Development Scheme has two main purposes:
a) To inform the public about the preparation of planning documents; and
b) To establish and reflect council priorities and enable work programmes to be set for the preparation of the documents.

Whilst this LDS is specific to Wychavon District Council, much of the content is shared with Malvern Hills District Council and Worcester City Council. 

View the LDS: Wychavon Local Development Scheme 2018-2021

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

Sets out what Wychavon District Council will do to involve the community, and other stakeholders in the preparation and revision of planning policy documents and decisions on planning applications.

Wychavon Statement of Community Involvement 2018

Parish, town plan or village design statement

If you are part of a community, and wish to prepare a parish or town plan, or village design statement you are able to do so. We will look to adopt them as a Local Information Source, which provides limited material weight when determining planning applications.

Visit the Parish and town plans page, for more information.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on (01386) 565565 or alternatively email the team at policy.plans@wychavon.gov.uk.