The Public Consultation on the Draft Black Country Plan is now live and will run until the deadline of 5pm on 11th October 2021. All representations will need to be submitted before this deadline.
We have compiled a guide to help you make your submissions which can be found on the Consultation Pages
Disclaimer, please note: The information on these pages has been compiled by concerned local residents to the best of our ability. We do not have expert planning knowledge. We strongly advise you contact Dudley planning to confirm any information, and for any further help you may require.
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Please note: If you are concerned about the Wollaston sites, Clent View Road Fields, or the sites around Ridgehill Woods and Wall Heath, you should additionally register to take part in the South Staffordshire Public Consultation.
Further Information (July 2021 update):
As it stands, the sites at The Three Fields, Clent View Road, Racecourse Lane, Pedmore Lane, Bromwich Lane, Oldnall, Foxcote and Lutley have not been allocated for development in the current version of the draft plan. However, part of the Wollaston Farm site (site DUH217) and an EXTENDED area around the proposed Worcester Lane site, Pedmore (sites DUH206, DUH207, DUH209) have been allocated for development. Currently 3% of Dudley’s green belt has been put forward for development.
What Can I do now? Find out the reference number and location of your local site, and contact the relevant Local Campaign Group. Local groups have been set up so that residents can come together to make people aware of the consultation, and to help people formulate their responses. A list of Campaign groups, and which sites they are concerned with, along with contact details for each group, can be found on our Campaigns Group page at the link above.
My site looks safe – do I need to do anything? The Public Consultation is your chance to have your say about the sites that have been put forward. You can also support the Local Green Space Applications which have been put forward by residents on sites such as the Three Fields, and on Wychbury, and the Flint Field in Cradley. More details on the Campaigns Groups page.
However, bear in mind that developers and landowners can also make representations at the consultation, and will undoubtedly continue to pressure our local authorities to re-instate their particular development proposals. It is therefore crucial for every resident who cares about our Green Belt to submit their views on their local sites, whether they have currently been put forward for development or not. Things can change dramatically between now and 2023. We really can’t afford to lose any more of our historic and ecologically-valuable green spaces which have proved so important to residents wellbeing during the pandemic.
Background in brief:
Why are they considering building on the Green Belt? Local Authorities have to provide an up to date Local Plan which shows land available to meet government targets for housing and other development. Dudley needs to demonstrate, by law, that it has sufficient development land to last us until 2038. The targets mean that a massive amount of land has to be found for future housing, and it has been calculated that there is insufficient brownfield and other sites to meet local 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
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.
Sign our petition asking Dudley council to do all it can to protect the 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.