Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon Councils begin working together on a shared Development Plan in 2006, with the aim of ensuring that future development within South Worcestershire is well planned, effectively managed, and has a positive impact on the environment.
The South Worcestershire Development Plan considers the long term vision and objectives for South Worcestershire up to the year 2030, as well as containing the policies for delivering these objectives in a planned and cohesive manner, through:
It was adopted and published on 25 February 2016.
In line with Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, meaning that a revised SWDP is required by 2021, the councils began a review of the SWDP in late 2017. The review will update the existing SWDP and where necessary its Vision, Objectives, Spatial Strategy and policies for the future development of the South Worcestershire area. The second part of the plan includes site allocations, policies and policy designations that will provide for the development needs of the area up to 2041.