What is the Campaign about?
Save Stourbridge Green Belt is mounting a campaign to have The Three Fields, Norton, designated a “Local Green Space” and we need your help.
Scroll down the page for information on what a Local Green Space is, and why we believe it is important that the Three Fields gets this protection.
Take Action Now:
Are you a local resident who visits the Three Fields? Please complete our Survey
Do you support our Application? Please write a Letter of Support
Please also Sign the Petition (this will be live shortly)
About the Campaign:
The Site: Three Fields, Dunsley Road, Norton
The Three Fields is a well-known and much loved local green space which is currently a part of Stourbridge Green Belt. As such it is now under risk of losing its Green Belt status due to the Review of Dudley’s Green Belt which is currently taking place. Save Stourbridge Green Belt believes that we need to do something about this threat, and we want to save this space for the enjoyment of future generations. Read on to find out how we propose to do that.
What is a Local Green Space?
A Local Green Space (LGS) Designation would give The Three Fields the same level of protection as it currently enjoys under its Green Belt Designation. That is, that the site would be protected from development other than in “exceptional circumstances”. The criteria for a LGS Designation are set out in Paragraph 100 of the National Planning Policy Framework and can be read here under Government Guidance. There is also a useful summary provided by the Open Spaces Society.
What do we need you to do?
If you live locally to the Three Fields we need your help. For the purposes of the LGS Designation the “local community” for a site of the size of the Three Fields is defined as being within 2Km of the site (1.25 miles). i.e. within the following areas: Norton, Oldswinford, Wollaston, Stourbridge Town to the West of the Ring Road (known as the “Old Quarter”), and Westwards towards Stourton.
We need to provide evidence to demonstrate that The Three Fields is “Demonstrably special” to the local community, and of the land’s “value to and use by the local community”. In particular we believe that The Three Fields site fulfils the following criteria for designation as a Local Green Space: Historical Significance, Recreational Value, Beauty and Tranquillity.
Historical significance: We are very fortunate in having the support of a local historian who has already prepared a full Historical Report on the Three Fields which we will be submitting to Dudley’s planning department with our Application for LGS Designation.
Recreational value: having “significance for recreation, perhaps through the variety of activities it supports, and be of value to the community.” It is in this regard that we are now asking for help from members of the public.
Beauty and Tranquillity: Being of value to the local community because of its characteristics of Beauty and/or Tranquillity.
We know not everyone is online, and in addition to the online campaign we will be going door-to-door in the local area to raise awareness. Please also tell your neighbours about our campaign, and share this information with anyone you feel may support us. Thank you.
Take Action Now:
Local Resident and user of the Three Fields? Please complete our Survey
Not local, but you Support our Application? Please write a Letter of Support
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.