Very quick guide

This is a Very quick guide for those who just want to comment on:
. Sites that have been Allocated for development. In Stourbridge these are: Wollaston Farm (site DUH217) and three sites on Worcester Lane (DUH206, DUH207, DUH209)

Please see the Dudley Borough Summary for a summary of the Allocated sites, map, and Dudley’s guide to the Consultation process.

The sites which have been Allocated for development in Dudley can be found:
. on the Draft Policies Map
. on the Interactive Policies Map (has more details for each site)
. in Table 14 in the Draft Local Plan document

How to comment on Allocated sites:

. follow this link to the section ‘development allocations‘ on the Online Consultation Portal
. click on the blue icon next to the section title
. a dialogue box will pop up for you to login/create an account if you have not already done so
. submit your comment stating that you object to the site allocation, and referring to the Site Reference number in Table 14 for each site you wish to comment on.

Alternatively, you can use the Comment form, see Section 2 of our How to Submit comments page, which also covers other options for commenting.
For Further information on the consultation process, and step-by-step guides, see our Consultation pages

What kinds of comments should I make?

This is a list of the types of comment you may like to make on your site. More site-specific data is being compiled by Local Campaign Groups. Please refer to the Keep Pedmore Green website, or the Save Wollaston Greenbelt Facebook page for information and help on compiling your comments, or to volunteer to help with their campaigns.

Please also see the section ‘What comments should I make’ in this document from the Wildlife Trust, which also contains a good summary of how sites were selected for allocation.

Impact on local services:
. schools (refer to particular schools, the capacity, distance from the site, estimate the number of extra school places that would be required – can that be met?)
. doctors, dentists (difficulty in getting on lists, waiting times, difficulty with appointments), hospitals
. other community facilities such as leisure centures, community centres, other services you rely on
. distance from shops
. increased traffic if local services are not close by and you cannot walk or cycle

Traffic and transport:
. increase in vehicles on local roads (use a calculation number of 1.5 cars per house – how would this many extra cars affect area? Where possible, talk about actual drive times, where the bottlenecks and problem areas are)
. peak time traffic, how many cars per hour (estimate, or use figures if you have them)
. idling traffic, pollution and air quality, effect on health
. noise pollution
. access for emergency vehicles
. parking issues
. commuting times to places people are likely to work.
. lack of opportunity for road widening or other improvements (or level of detail in the plan to take account of these factors: necessary infrastructure, how will they be funded or delivered?)

Loss of amenity:
loss of open or countryside views, open nature of the landscape, beautiful and peaceful locations
. effect on the local character of the area
. loss of green space
. loss of Rights of Way, permissive paths, places to walk and enjoy the open area
. loss of recreational space and areas for ‘natural play’ (describe how you use the space
. distance you would have to go to get to a similar site, how you would have to use your car to get there
. importance you and your family feel the site has to your physical and mental wellbeing
. reasons why you moved here, why you enjoy the area, and how you would be affected by development

Impact on the natural environment:
. loss of agricultural land (refer to the quality on your site)
. impact on local Geosites, SSSIs, SLINCS, SINCS, & priority habitats
. trees which you believe should have TPOs, hedgerows which you feel should be protected (give detail where possible)
. loss of habitat for wildlife, protected and endangered species (what kinds of wildlife are present on the site?)
. issues relating to flooding or surface water (instances and extent of flooding/surface water. Impact that has on homes or traffic)

Impact on the historical setting and archaeology:
. importance of the area for its history
. potential loss historical or archaeological remains
. likely presence of further archaeological sites (lack of archaeological surveys of the Greenbelt)
. setting of monuments (e.g. Hagley monument, Wychbury hillfort)

Sustainability of the proposals:
. how can it be sustainable to build on green field sites? (i.e. one which has never been built on)
. comment on the ‘mitigations’ they suggest for removing trees, hedgerows, or building next to SINCs, SLINCS, etc. on this particular site

Green belt issues:
. refer to the five purposes of the greenbelt (Para 138 of the NPPF) and the extent to which your site contributes to that.

Housing need:
. for the homes proposed on this site – do they address the needs of local people, or commuters?
. would they help to get young local people on the property ladder?
. are the proposed houses likely to be ‘affordable’?
. would this development be in the right place, and at the right time?

Additional information to help with your submissions:

Further documents page contains links to:
. the Evidence Base (reports used in preparation of the Draft Black Country Plan)
. Dudley Planning Policy documents on transport, environment, etc.
. Historical reports on a number of the affected sites (compiled for SSGB)
. the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

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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