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Welcome to our planning policy web pages.

Planning policies set out how planning applications will be considered. The guidance comes in the form of formal 'development plans' and more informal 'supplementary' guidance. The Development Plans Team is responsible for developing the council's planning policies. The Team can provide you with information on:

Please take a look at our Development Plans and Conservation Customer Charter. This is a guide to the Development Plans and Conservation Section and our service standards.

The key planning policy documents for Malvern Hills district are below. Further information is available by clicking on the links in the titles below.


The Planning Policy Framework


The planning policy framework includes Development Plan Documents, such as the proposed South Worcestershire Development Plan. When adopted, this will replace the saved policies of the Malvern Hills District Local Plan. The policy framework also includes Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance. The Planning Policy Framework webpage sets out an overview of the planning policy framework for the Malvern Hills district.


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South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP)


The South Worcestershire Development Plan is being prepared jointly by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City and Wychavon District council and will guide development in the area up to the year 2030. Once adopted, it will form part of the new Local Plan, together with the Travellers and Travelling Showpeople DPD, and replace the existing Local Plans of the three councils.

               SWDP cover - preferred options

The Saved (adopted) Local Plan (1996-2011)


The current adopted Local Plan for the district is the Malvern Hills District Local Plan which was adopted in 2006. It provides guidance on how planning proposals and applications in the district will be considered. Some policies continue to be 'saved' until they are superseded by the new Local Plan.

  MHDC Local Plan 



Contact Details:

  Address: Tel/email
  Development Plans and Conservation
Malvern Hills District Council
Council House
Avenue Road
WR14 3AF
Telephone: 01684 862151
Minicom: 01684 862186


You can also obtain advice on planning matters from Planning Consultants and free advice may in some instances be provided by Planning Aid. 

To keep up to date with the latest information regarding Development Plans, please visit the news section.

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This page was last reviewed 9 January 2014 at 9:52 by Corin Beames.
The page is next due for review 8 July 2014.
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