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).

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.

Developer Contributions SPD

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 allocated development or additional windfall development. The SPD is intended for use by all interested parties including developers, planning agents and the general public. It seeks to provide an understanding of when planning obligations will be expected and how developer contributions will be used.

Preparation of the SPD to date

The SPD has been developed through the following consultations:

  • Draft Developer Contributions SPD public consultation - 16th February 2015 to 30th March 2015 (1st Consultation).
  • Draft Developer Contributions SPD public consultation - 1st April 2016 to 16th May 2016 (2nd Consultation).

All forthcoming SPDs are listed in the latest Local Development Scheme (LDS).

Retained Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

Local List SPD

Local List of Heritage Assets (May 2015)

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

Strategic Environmental Assessment - Joint Screening Statement (January 2014).

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 Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

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.

House Extensions SPD (4 August 2006)

Developer Contributions and Planning Obligations SPD (5 December 2006)

Open Space SPD (5 August 2008)  

The Re-use of Rural Building SPD  (4 August 2006)

The Shop Front Design Guide SPD (11 April 2011) 

Education Contributions SPD (3 April 2007)  

Malvern Community Hospital, Lansdowne Crescent Concept Statement SPD (4 August 2006)

Superseded Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)

Existing 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 which was adopted on 25th February 2016. They are shown here for reference only but their weight is limited.

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.

North Site (Development Brief) (2004)

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.

North Site Affordable Housing Brief  (September 2004)

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.