Minerals Local Plan

As part of the examination of the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan, we are consulting on proposed main modifications to the plan. The consultation has been restarted after rectifying a technical issue with some of the online mapping data and will now run from Tuesday 31 August 2021 to 5pm on Tuesday 12 October 2021. For the latest information on the emerging Minerals Local Plan, please visit the emerging Minerals Local Plan examination page and the Programme Officer’s website (opens in a new window).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the County Council’s Planning Service

In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be possible or appropriate to operate community consultation on planning policy documents and a variety of application types in the precise way set out in the SCI 

We have provided additional guidance in light of COVID-19 to ensure that plan-making and public consultation can continue in an effective way. These temporary changes are set out in the Statement of Community Involvement COVID-19 update 2021 (PDF) and these should be read alongside the Statement of Community Involvement.

Statement of Community Involvement

Worcestershire County Council’s Statement of Community Involvement, after a period of consultation, was updated in 2021. For more information please visit the Community Involvement page.

Planning applications

Whilst we have made arrangements for letters and paper planning applications that have been sent to the Council via the postal service to be distributed to the appropriate officer, the post is collected periodically, and there may be a delay in responding to letters/registering paper planning applications. Where possible, we would encourage all correspondence with the County Council’s Planning Team via email: or telephone 01905 763763. To enable the remote processing of planning applications, we are encouraging planning applications to be made online at: Make an application

Should you wish to comment on a planning application you can do so online at: Planning applications.

On 14 May 2020 and extended in December 2020 the Government introduced a range of temporary measures to make it easier to operate the planning system within the current public health guidelines. This includes giving local planning authorities the flexibility to take other reasonable steps to publicise planning applications if they cannot discharge the specific requirements for site notices, neighbour notification, newspaper publicity (where relevant) and for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development making copies of the documents available for physical inspection.

Where Worcestershire County Council cannot discharge the specific requirements above, because it is not reasonably practicable for reasons connected to the effects of coronavirus, notification will be posted on the Council’s social media accounts, such as Facebook (opens in a new window), Twitter (opens in a new window), Instagram (opens in a new window) and LinkedIn (opens in a new window). Furthermore, public notices associated with current planning application consultations are also being made available to view on the Council’s Public Notices Directory (opens in a new window).

All planning applications made to Worcestershire County Council are available to view online at: Planning applications.


Contacts and other information

Development Management


Local Nature Partnership

The Worcestershire Local Nature Partnership (LNP) comprises senior representatives from the public, private and third sectors, including professional environmental and land managers. Its broad membership provides the LNP with expertise in developing strategies, planning projects, securing funding and delivering successful outcomes on the ground.

Further information on who we are, what we do and how we operate is detailed in our Terms of Reference and Business Plan.