Public hearings into Wyre Forest District Council’s Submitted Local Plan will get under way next week.

The online hearings, which will take place on selected dates from Monday 11 January until early February, will be undertaken by Ms Mary Travers, the Planning Inspector appointed to examine Wyre Forest District Council’s Submitted Local Plan.

The first hearing will start at 9.30am on Monday 11 January and can be viewed at  Members of the public are encouraged to watch the examination hearings, which will include a mix of morning and afternoon sessions.

The Local Plan identifies where development sites for homes and business will be and the services and infrastructure needed to support them. The council carried out public consultation throughout the process of developing the Local Plan and received more than 1,000 responses from more than 500 respondents across the district. It was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination at the end of April 2020. The public examination is the next step in its adoption.

Information about the public examination and the full programme of online hearings is available at

This includes information on what ‘Matters and Questions’ Ms Travers intends to explore during the hearings and a timetable of which matters will be heard on particular days.

Councillor Fran Oborski, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Planning & Capital Investments said:

“I’m pleased that the hearings will be starting next week. Obviously due to the pandemic and the national lockdown the hearings are taking place virtually and I would encourage as many people as possible to follow the proceedings online.

“This is a major milestone in determining the future development of the district for the next decade and beyond.”