South Worcestershire Development Plan

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon started a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) in late 2017. This is in line with new Government requirements that local plans should be updated every five years, and therefore a revised SWDP is required by 2021. The review will provide an updated plan period to the year 2041.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Preferred Options document has now been published and was out for consultation, which closed at 5:00pm on Monday 16th December 2019.


You can review the full document at:










However, this link takes you to a long and complicated document. You may find it preferable instead to download the summary leaflet at:



Planned New House Building


In summary, the Preferred Options document sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon by 2041 will be met. This is on top of the need for 28,400 new homes by 2030, more than half of which have already been built, set out in the current plan. 


Planners have assessed more than 900 sites put forward for potential development against a range of technical criteria and have made a series of recommendations about the most sustainable locations.


These include:


• A new town at Worcestershire Parkway delivering 5,000 homes by 2041, with the potential for another 5,000 after that


• A new town at Throckmorton Airfield delivering 2,000 new homes from 2030 with the potential for further expansion in the future


• An expanded settlement at Rushwick delivering 1,000 new homes from 2030 once a new railway station has been secured


• Plans for 810 new homes on various sites around Worcester, 730 at Droitwich Spa, 200 in Evesham, 880 in Malvern, 600 in Pershore and 60 in Tenbury Wells


• More than 900 new homes earmarked for villages across Wychavon and 390 within Malvern Hills District


On top of this, the document contains plans for providing another 273 hectares of employment land to allow for the growth of businesses and job creation. The vast majority, 140 hectares, has been allocated within Wychavon with 55 hectares planned for Malvern Hills District. Another 70 hectares is planned to be split between the three major proposed development sites at Worcestershire Parkway, Throckmorton and Rushwick.


In case you are wondering how this plan might affect Charlton, we can confirm that Charlton has been classified as a Category 4 village, i.e. a village which is defined in the SWDP Review as: 


‘Settlements in this category either have access to some secondary facilities / services but limited or no bus service provision or have low or medium level of public transport provision but low services / facility provision.’


The development strategy focuses on towns and category 1-3 villages and category 4 villages are not viewed as sustainable. Furthermore, development boundaries have been removed on Category 4 villages, making development there more difficult. 


In contrast, Cropthorne has been classified as a Category 2 village, and is likely to receive some small housing developments, but Fladbury is also classified as Category 4.



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