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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 saved:MHDC Local Plan

   DS2    Sustainable Development
   DS6    Phasing of residential Allocations
   DS16  Development and Flood Risk
   EP3    Office development
   EP4    Design Standards for Employment Sites
   EP5    Home Based Businesses
   EP11  Food and Drink Establishments
   EP19  Land off Pickersleigh Road, Malvern
   QL18  Protected Species
   QL23  Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
   QL24  Landscape Character
   QL25  Protecting Water Supply
   QL26  Pollution Control
   QL27  Foul Drainage
   QL28  Surface Water Drainage
   QL29  Contaminated Land
   QL30  Renewable Energy
   ST2    Public Transport, Walking  and Cycling
   ST3    Parking, Servicing and Commuted Parking Requirements
   ST4    Minimising Travel Impacts
   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 Plan.

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

 Interactive Malvern Hills District Local Plan Map


Malvern Hills District Interactive Local Plan  

Please note this shows ALL Local Plan Policies and as such includes policies that have not been saved. 

Please refer to those policies listed above which have not been saved.


Local Plan - Written Statement

Other Useful Documents

Adopted Local Plan - Localised maps

Key Stages in the Development of the Adopted Local Plan 1996-2011

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 (8th/9th-15th/16th).

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 Regeneration Zone.
  • 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 areas.
  • Have regard to the need to protect and enhance the special qualities of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • 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 Rivers.
  • 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 Plan included:

  • 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 housing developments;
  • 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 open space;
  • Identifying key rural settlements and associated settlement boundaries;
  • Raising the standards and aspirations for urban design and new development; and,
  • Protecting locations for shopping in our Town and District Centres.
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This page was last reviewed 22 February 2013 at 15:49 by Elizabeth Murphy.
The page is next due for review 21 August 2013.
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