The Malvern Hills District Local Plan 1996-2011
Saved Local Plan Policies
The current Malvern Hills District Local Plan was
adopted on 12 July 2006. It was prepared under the 'old
style' plan-making system. Following the introduction of a new plan
making system in 2004, transitional arrnagment were put in
place to allow the automatic saving of the adopted
policies for a period of three years until July 2009. Malvern
Hills District Council successfully applied have most of the Local
Plan policies saved beyond that date. On July 9th 2009,
the Government confirmed the list of saved policies.
The following Local Plan policies have NOT been
DS6 Phasing of
DS16 Development and Flood
Standards for Employment Sites
EP5 Home Based
EP11 Food and Drink
EP19 Land off Pickersleigh
QL18 Protected Species
QL23 Areas of Outstanding
QL24 Landscape Character
QL25 Protecting Water
QL26 Pollution Control
QL27 Foul Drainage
QL28 Surface Water
QL29 Contaminated Land
QL30 Renewable Energy
Transport, Walking and Cycling
Servicing and Commuted Parking Requirements
CN6 Efficient Use
of Land for residential Development
CN11 Gypsy Sites
Where can I view the Local Plan?
The Local Plan can be viewed at any of our
Customer Service Centres.
Copies can also be viewed at all local libraries. Your Town
Council or Parish Council has also been sent a copy of the
Copies can be purchased from the Customer Service Centre for £50
(+ £7 p&p) or on CD for £5 (+ £1 p&p). The written
statement and individual inset map is available to local residents
at a reduced price of £10.
Interactive Local Plan
Local Plan - Written Statement
Other Useful Documents
Adopted Local Plan - Localised maps
Key Stages in the Development of the Adopted Local Plan
The First Deposit Plan was placed on formal deposit for a period
of six weeks between 16th January 2004 and the
27th February 2004. The Plan was then placed on
Second Deposit on 29th October 2004 until
10th December 2004. All Omission sites received during
the deposit periods were also advertised and consulted on between
15th April and 13th May 2005.
A total of 2,683 representations were received on the Local
Plan, 194 of these representations were subsequently withdrawn.
1,110 objections were pursued at a Public Local Inquiry (PLI) held
between 24th May and 6th September 2006 or as
written representations. An Inspector from the Planning
Inspectorate (Mr John MacBryde) was appointed by the Secretary of
State to hold the PLI and his decisions are set out in his binding
report published May 2006.
Full Council on 6th June 2006 considered the
Inspector’s binding Report and resolved to adopt the Local Plan.
A Notice of Intention to adopt was advertised in the London
Gazette (9th June 2006) and in the local press
The Local Plan was adopted and became operative on
12th July 2006.
What is the Local Plan Strategy for the District?
The following bullet points formed key elements of the Local
Plan strategy for Malvern Hills.
- Establish Malvern as the main urban area and as the focus for
strategic requirements for housing, employment and related
development using brownfield sites first.
- Identifying key towns and villages across the district where
local needs associated with the rural areas can be met.
- Provide a focus for rural renaissance through the Rural
- Address opportunities associated with the A38 High Technology
Corridor at Malvern.
- Protect the open countryside and the character, settings and
identities of the district's settlements.
- Promote a hierarchy of shopping locations. Wider needs will be
served in the recognised Town Centres of Great Malvern, Tenbury and
Upton and local needs within district / local centres and
sustainable rural settlements.
- Promote the role of Tenbury and Upton as the focus for
shopping, commercial and service facilities to serve the rural
- Have regard to the need to protect and enhance the special
qualities of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural
- Acknowledge the role of Worcester as a strategic centre but
prevent the spread of unsustainable development into the open
countryside and coalescence with adjacent rural settlements.
- Identify, protect and enhance those areas and features, which
contribute to the quality of life and high environmental character
of the district.
- Locate development where there are opportunities to reduce the
need to travel and maximise access to public transport.
- Avoid development within the flood plain and specifically along
the strategic river corridors associated with the Teme and Severn
- Promote Biodiversity within areas considered to be appropriate
for enhancement at the regional level.
Implications for Development
The Local Plan deals with all aspects of land use and
development across the district from the allocation of land for
housing to protection of wildlife corridors. Key features of the
- Meeting the district's housing and employment needs mainly
within Malvern on brownfield sites without the need to allocate
greenfields for development;
- Setting out requirements for affordable housing on new large
- Protecting land at Seaford Court, Worcester Road in Malvern for
the development of the proposed Community Hospital;
- Proposing the redevelopment of former Defence Estates' North
Site off Leigh Sinton Road in Malvern for a mixed use development,
dwellings, employment land, a primary school, local facilities and
- Identifying key rural settlements and associated settlement
- Raising the standards and aspirations for urban design and new
- Protecting locations for shopping in our Town and District