South Worcestershire Development Plan

Update July 2021

The review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed again.

The decision is to give more time for vital technical studies to be completed.

It means the plan now won’t be published in October 2021 ready for public consultation and submission for independent examination in February 2022.

A new timetable is being drawn up for the publication and submission of the plan. This will be put before Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils for approval in the near future.

Cllr Tony Rowley, Chair of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: “It is disappointing we have had to delay the review again but completing the technical studies is important to provide the evidence base to make sure we have a robust and sound plan.

“We will make sure this work is carried out and a new timetable published as soon as possible.”

The revised SWDP, sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon by 2041 will be met. This is on top of the need for 28,400 new homes by 2030, more than half of which have already been built, set out in the current plan.

Update May 2021

This month sees the beginning of the seven-week consultation on the Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Preferred Options which will begin on Monday 17th May 2021. This draft plan sets out the preferred options for permanent pitches and sites in south Worcestershire for this part of our communities and there will be a briefing for parish and town councils on Wednesday 20th May 2021 from 6:00pm via Zoom, chaired by Cllr David Harrison of Malvern Hills DC. There will also be an additional meeting set for Tuesday 25th May 2021 from 6:30pm also via Zoom, chaired by Cllr Tony Rowley of Wychavon DC, which will provide an opportunity to the closest neighbouring residents of the proposed sites, and other interested parties to find out more about the allocations and raise any questions with planning officers. If anyone wishes to raise issues for discussion at either meeting, please contact:

Update to the SWDP Review Timetable

Further to the adoption of the Local Development Scheme 2020-23 by each of the three South Worcestershire Councils at the end of September, the SWDP Review timetable has been formally updated. The update to the timetable to push back the Publication Consultation (Regulation 19) and subsequent stages of the process to later than originally planned is in response to issues with evidence collation arising from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The new SWDP Review timetable is as follows:

Additional Focused Consultation (Regulation 18) – March-April 2021

Publication Consultation (Regulation 19) – November-December 2021

Submission (Regulation 22) – March 2022

Independent Examination (Regulation 24) – May 2022-January 2023

Receipt of Inspector’s Report (Regulation 25) – March 2023

Adoption (Regulation 26) – April 2023

The Local Development Scheme 2020-23 can be accessed on the SWDP website using the following link –

New SWDP Website

There is a new SWDP website which has now gone live, replacing the existing SWDP website which was hosted externally on WordPress. The new SWDP website can be accessed using the following link –, with all links to the previous website ( now automatically redirecting to the new website. 

We hope you find the new SWDP website more user friendly and easier to navigate, but if there are any issues please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SWDP team.