What is the threat to Stourbridge Green Belt?
In brief: An assessment of our green belt is being carried out because it has been calculated that there is insufficient brownfield and other sites to meet needs for future development:
“… evidence produced to support the current Black Country Plan has demonstrated that exceptional circumstances now exist to justify a review of the Green Belt. This is because the Black Country Plan covers the period up to 2038, and the amount of development land needed by this date is so large that it is unlikely that all of it can be provided within the urban area of the Black Country and other areas alone.”
“Therefore, a Green Belt Assessment has now been produced to give the Black Country Authorities a detailed picture of individual areas of Green Belt as part of the evidence needed for the Black Country Plan. The assessment will help the Black Country Authorities to understand if there is any suitable land within the Green Belt, which, after further detailed assessment and consultation, of other relevant evidence, could be put forward as an option for removal from the Green Belt for development.” – taken from the Summary of the Green Belt Assessment for the Black Country
Local greenbelt sites put forward for development: Many hectares of land on Stourbridge Green Belt have been put forward for potential future development in the “call for sites” which is carried out as part of the preparation of the Local Plan. There will be a public consultation on the plan in Summer 2021. Further information and background can be found on the main site for the Black Country Plan, and details of the timetable can be found here: Timetable
What should you do?
REGISTER NOW to take part in the public consultation
In due course we will publish our response to the documents which have been made available to the public. Documents can be found here under ‘Local Plan: key documents‘. Please check back with us as the date of the consultation approaches, or sign up to our email newsletter to be reminded of the consultation.
Further actions you can take:
Join one of the local campaign groups which have been set up by local residents.
Join our email newsletter to keep up to date with events.
Read up on key documents to keep yourself informed.
Sign our petition asking Dudley council to do all it can to protect the green belt.
Further Actions you can take:
Contact your Local Councillors to let them know your concerns about the development of Stourbridge Green Belt.
Save Stourbridge Green Belt is an independent website run by a group of Stourbridge residents.
Our aims are:
- to raise public awareness of threats to Stourbridge’s Green Belt.
- to inform local residents by providing links to publicly available material.
- to encourage participation in public consultations, relevant petitions and in contacting those in public office, thereby supporting the democratic process.