Supplementary Planning Documents and Supplementary Planning Guidance
(SPDs and SPGs)
Supplementary guidance is produced to give more detail on the application of policy, either for specific sites or on specific subjects.
SPDs and SPGs do not have 'development plan' status, but are subject to public consultation and are 'material considerations' in the determination of planning applications.
Older Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) is being replaced by newer style Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).
Developer Contributions SPD (October 2016)
The South Worcestershire Councils adopted the South Worcestershire Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document on the 20th October 2016.
The Developer Contributions SPD sets out the South Worcestershire Councils’ approach to seeking developer contributions via the SWDP for infrastructure or environmental improvements required as a result of development. The SPD provides guidance about when planning obligations will be expected, the scale of developer contributions, and how developer contributions will be used.
Forthcoming SPDs following adoption of the SWDP
Affordable Housing SPD
The Affordable Housing SPD explains the details of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) policies that relate to the provision of affordable housing. It is a guide intended to help developers, landowners, applicants for planning permission, Registered providers (RPs) and others who are seeking to provide or benefit from affordable housing.
Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council have jointly published a Draft Affordable Housing SPD for consultation in accordance with Regulations 12 and 13 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Affordable Housing SPD covers the administrative areas of Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council.
A Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document consultation ran for six weeks from 9:00am Monday 14 March 2016 to 5:00pm Monday 25 April 2016.
As a precursor to the draft SPD, a four page scoping paper/leaflet, setting out the background to and the definition of affordable housing (and some suggestions of what the SPD should cover), was produced in February 2015.
All forthcoming SPDs are listed in the latest Local Development Scheme (LDS).
Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document
Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council have published a Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation in accordance with Regulations 12 and 13 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document consultation will run for six weeks from 9:00am Monday 24 October 2016 to 5:00pm Monday 5 December 2016.
Please click on the links below to view / download the following consultation documents:
- Consultation Letter
- Draft Wychavon Shopfront Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (September 2016)
- Draft Malvern Hills Shopfront Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (September 2016)
- Response Form
Alternatively, hard copies of these documents can be viewed, and response forms collected at the following Customer Services Centres and libraries:
- Malvern Hills Customer Services Centres at Malvern, Tenbury Wells & Upton-upon-Severn; Libraries at Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton-upon-Severn
- Wychavon Community Contact Centres at Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich; Libraries at Evesham, Droitwich, Pershore and Broadway
The deadline for comments on the Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document consultation documents is 5:00pm on Monday 5 December 2016. If you wish to submit comments, please complete and return the response form before the deadline.
How to comment:
Completed response forms can be sent:
By email to: email@example.com or
By post to: Sarah Matthews, Policy Plans Team, Wychavon Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1PT.
If you have any further queries please contact:
Sarah Matthews (Wychavon District Council), telephone 01386 565453
Rosie Murray (Malvern Hills District Council), telephone 01684 862354
Malvern Hills District Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) (September 2016)
The SPD was originally adopted in April 2011. The SPD is still considered very relevant, but the policy background has changed, and since its adoption, the Local Plan policies it refers to have been superseded by the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) policies, and nationally, the National Planning Policy Framework. Thus, as it stands, the existing SPD carries very little, if any weight. As a result, we are consulting on a revised Shop Front Design Guide SPD for Malvern Hills District. The SPD has been amended to reflect the current policy position but the substantive design advice in the SPD remains.
Wychavon District Draft Shop Front Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) (September 2016)
The Shop Front Design Guide was initially published in 1995. A new SPD has been produced to update the guidance to reflect our aspirations for shop front design and to reflect current planning policy and planning advice, with the aim of achieving attractive shopping streets that appeal to both locals and visitors.
The aim of the SPDs is to explain the vision for the design of shop fronts and signage, including the installation of signage, lighting and security measures to both traditional and contemporary shops and those located within rural and urban areas. As well as being applicable to retail units, the guidance will also apply to catering, financial and professional service businesses located within our historic shopping areas.
These Guides are designed to be used by business and property owners, architects and designers, Planning Officers and Inspectors, and will be predominantly relevant to those premises with a ground floor display window and/or fascia sign. The main towns of Malvern and Wychavon benefit from Conservation Area designations within their central shopping areas, which place greater restrictions upon unacceptable forms of development. For this reason, we consider that more detailed and comprehensive guidance should be available for these areas.
Once the SPDs are adopted, the SPDs will supersede the Wychavon Shop Front Design Guide, adopted 1995 and the Malvern Hills District Shop Front Design Guide, adopted 2011.
Retained Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)
Local List SPD
Malvern Hills District has many listed buildings and structures, scheduled monuments, conservation areas, registered parks and gardens and even one registered battlefield which are ‘designated heritage assets' (‘designated heritage assets' is the term used to describe heritage that is identified and protected under legislation).
There are still however many buildings, structures and historic designed landscapes which the community holds dear and which make a valuable contribution to a local sense of history, place and quality of life.
Whilst these heritage assets can be a consideration in planning matters, inclusion of a non- designated heritage asset on a local list will give them a greater level of protection by helping to inform decisions on matters that affect them. The asset must have a significant heritage interest for its significance to be a material consideration in the planning process.
The purpose of this Local List Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is to provide guidance on how the list will be compiled for Malvern Hills District, the criteria for inclusion of a heritage asset on the list and the effects of its inclusion.
Anyone can nominate an asset for inclusion using the nomination form.
Other Associated Documents
Strategic Environmental Assessment
The Strategic Environmental Assessment Joint Screening Statement has been produced to consider whether a number of forthcoming Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), which are to be produced across the South Worcestershire authorities are likely to have significant environmental effects, and hence whether Strategic Environmental Assessment is required to be carried out.
The Screening against the SEA criteria has been carried out jointly for the first set of SPDs that are to be produced, to implement policies within the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in the main.
Strategic Environment Assessment is a requirement of the European Union Directive 2001/42/EC (Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive).
The Councils, each as a Responsible Authority under the Directive and the associated Regulations, must carry out a screening process to determine whether plans or programmes are likely to have significant environmental effects, and hence whether SEA is required under the Directive.
Where the Council determines that SEA is not required, Regulation 9(3) states that they must prepare a statement setting out the reasons for this determination.
Sustainability Appraisal is a separate requirement of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Sustainability Appraisal considers the social, environmental and economic impacts of a plan.
The Act and the associated Regulations set out the requirement to carry out Sustainability Appraisal on all Development Plan Documents.
Development Plan Documents are planning policy documents which set policies for the use of land or allocate sites for development (e.g. the South Worcestershire Development Plan).
Following the 2008 Planning Act, Sustainability Appraisal is no longer required to be carried out for Supplementary Planning Documents, as they purely provide further detail on policies in an adopted development plan.
They must therefore be consistent with adopted Development Plan Documents which will themselves have been the subject of Sustainability Appraisal.
Despite this amendment in planning legislation, there is still a requirement to assess the need for a full Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
Outgoing and Superseded Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance
Newer style SPDs were introduced in 2004. These were adopted to support saved policies of the Malvern Hills District Local Plan so are no longer relevant as the South Worcestershire Development Plan is now the adopted plan. They are shown here for reference only.
Superseded SPDs and SPGs
The SPDs and SPGs listed below have been superseded as they related to the former adopted Malvern Hills District Local Plan 1996-2011 which is now superseded by the South Worcestershire Development Plan. They are shown here for reference only.
The following three SPDs have been superseded by the South Worcestershire Developer Contributions SPD, which was adopted on 20th October 2016:
- Developer Contributions and Planning Obligations SPD (5 December 2006)
- Education Contributions SPD (3 April 2007)
- Open Space SPD (5 August 2008)
Affordable Housing SPG (June 2004)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the implementation of the Council's affordable housing policies (for new housing development).
Linked to Saved Policy CN2 in the adopted Malvern Hills District Local Plan.
The purpose of this document is to provide the Council's broad planning and urban design requirements for the redevelopment of the former MoD North Site.
Linked to Saved Policy DS7 in the adopted Malvern Hills District Local Plan.
The purpose of this document is to provide detailed guidance regarding the required make-up of affordable housing provision on the North Site, Malvern. Linked to Saved Policy DS7 in the Malvern Hills District Local Plan.