Over half of the Wyre Forest District’s land area lies within the West Midlands Green Belt. The extent of the Green Belt includes all of the land as far west as the River Severn, but excludes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley and the smaller settlements of Blakedown, Cookley, Fairfield and Wilden.
Within areas designated as being within the Green Belt there are considerable constraints to development which are important to recognise before any planning application is submitted.
The national policy on Green Belts is contained within Chapter 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out development which is deemed to be ‘appropriate’ within the Green Belt. Any other form of development is considered to be inappropriate and should only be allowed in very special circumstances.
Developments should also have minimal impact on the openness of the Green Belt. The NPPF (paragraph 79) notes that the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.
Policy SAL.UP1 “Green Belt” of the Adopted Wyre Forest District Council Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan sets out local policy on development on Green Belt land.
These pages provide further planning guidance in relation to how these policies are interpreted within the Wyre Forest District. However, for properties or sites within the Green Belt it is strongly recommended that advice is sought from the Development Management Section prior to submission of a planning application.
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Wyre Forest House