The District Council is now proceeding to the next stage of its Local Plan Review with a Preferred Options consultation period, which will run from Thursday 15 June 2017 until 5pm Monday 14 August 2017.
The new Local Plan will replace the current Adopted Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan and Kidderminster Central Area Action Plan in order to produce a single Local Plan for the District. Please see the current Project Plan for the most up to date timetable.
Once adopted, the new Local Plan will shape the future of Wyre Forest District up to 2034. It will identify where housing, retail and employment land should be located and the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools and health services. The proposed policies in the plan will be used to help make decisions on planning applications in the District.
If the Council doesn’t review and adopt an up-to-date Local Plan, development will still happen in our District, but decisions will be taken in regard to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) without local people having a say on setting local policies. You can view the Local Plan Review frequently asked questions for further information.
As part of the Local Plan Review, the Council has produced a ‘Preferred Options’ document for consultation which takes into account the Issues and Options consultation carried out in late 2015 along with the body of evidence that the District has now developed. The Preferred Options document identifies two potential approaches to how Wyre Forest District might meet its development requirements in the period up to 2034 along with proposed strategic, development management and allocations policies.
This is the second stage of the Local Plan Review. During the consultation period the Council is seeking your views on the Preferred Options document. The Preferred Options consultation represents the main consultation opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to comment and influence the sites that the Council has identified as being the most suitable to allocate for development purposes. The consultation accords with the Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, as set out in the Statement of Community Involvement.
Consultation responses must be received by no later than 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017. Following the consultation, a summary of all responses received will be publically available to view.
The Preferred Options document and the accompanying documentation are available to view and download here:
View the Consultation Plan
Copies of the Preferred Options document are also available at the following venues during their normal opening hours:
Members of the public are welcome to talk to council officers about the Preferred Options document and give their views at drop-in sessions throughout the consultation period.
Monday 10 July 2017
3:45pm - 8:00pm
Heronswood Primary School, Spennells, Kidderminster
Wednesday 19 July 2017
2:00pm - 7:00pm
The Wyre Room, St George's Hall, Load Street, Bewdley
Friday 21 July 2017
1:00pm - 5:30pm
Rowland Hill Centre, Kidderminster
Saturday 22 July 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Offmore Evangelical Church Hall, Kidderminster
Wednesday 26 July 2017
1:30pm - 6:30pm
Areley Kings Village Hall, Stourport
Friday 28 July 2017
2:00pm - 7:00pm
Cookley Village Hall
Saturday 29 July 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Stourport Civic Hall
Friday 4 August 2017
2:00pm - 7:00pm
St Oswalds Church Centre, Broadwaters Drive, Kidderminster
Comments should be made between 15 June 2017 and by no later than 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017 and can be received in the following ways:
In writing using the response form and sent by email or post to:
Post: Planning Policy, Wyre Forest District Council,Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7WF.
Download a response form (MS Word)
Download a response form (pdf)
Late responses will not be accepted.
Please note that a summary of all consultation responses received will be available for public viewing when the consultation has closed.
The next step will be to progress the emerging local plan to the Pre-Submission stage after taking into consideration all the responses and comments received in response to the consultation and further evidence base studies.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is required during the preparation of a Local Plan. The local planning authority must carry out an appraisal of the sustainability of the proposals. This will help the authority to assess how the plan will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. Sustainability appraisal is integral to the preparation and development of a Local Plan, so work should start at the same time that work starts on developing the plan.
The Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal Report has been prepared alongside the Preferred Options document and is available for comments during the consultation period between 15 June and 14 August 2017. All comments should be submitted by no later than 5pm on 14 August 2017.
View the Preferred Options Sustainability Appraisal Report (May 2017)
All of the sites that were submitted to the Council as part of the ‘Call for Sites’ process, have now been assessed by an independent panel, as part of the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). This technical evidence base has helped to inform the selection of Preferred Options sites that have been identified at the Preferred Options stage of the Local Plan process.
The Preferred Options consultation is a further opportunity for the submission of sites for consideration for allocation. However, any submission for housing or employment purposes, should address how the site proposed is preferable to the sites identified in the councils ‘Preferred Options’ document. Sites for such purposes need to be available, suitable, viable and deliverable.
If you wish to submit a site for consideration you must complete a Site Submission Form and include a site map showing a clear site boundary. Site submissions must be submitted by no later than 5pm on 14 August 2017. Sites submitted as part of the Preferred Options consultation stage should also be accompanied by evidence to demonstrate that the site is available, suitable, viable and deliverable and reasons why it should be allocated in preference to the preferred options sites.
Please note that the submission of a site does not mean that the site will be allocated for development in the Local Plan. A ‘Call for Sites’ is simply a means to establish which sites could potentially come forward for future development for the Council to consider as part of the Local Plan process.
Any additional sites which are submitted to the Council for consideration for development purposes as part of the ‘Preferred Options’ consultation will be published later this year.