Local Plan Review Live Twitter Q&A 17th September 2015

Issues and Options Consultation

The District Council is currently in the early stages of undertaking a Local Plan Review.  The new Local Plan will replace the current Adopted Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan and Kidderminster Central Area Action Plan.  It is anticipated that the new Local Plan will be adopted in late 2017. 

As part of the Local Plan Review, the Council has produced an “issues and options” document. This identifies a number of potential options for locating new development in our area and also asks questions about the main issues and challenges which may affect the District both now and in the future.

This is the first stage of the Plan Review and it is not the purpose of the Issues and Options Paper to allocate sites for future development. Rather it identifies some broad areas for potential development in the future to encourage comment and debate. This does not necessarily mean that those broad areas will be subject to development within the new plan period.

As part of the consultation we held a live question and answer session on Twitter at 6pm on Thursday 17th September. Below you will see the questions asked and the full answers to them. 

Read more on the Issues and Options Paper

Weaver's Wharf owners Henderson's are working to assemble the land so that the development can start. Planning permission has been granted.

No, it will also allocate sites for employment and retail development. It will also protect sites for certain uses, eg parks

Yes, all residential sites will have to provide some affordable housing. 311 affordable homes have been built in the last 2 years

The Hoobrook Link Road is being built, we would be interested to hear what your ideas are for the next improvements to roads that we should prioritise. Contact us via planning.policy@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

There's an eastern bypass for included in the . Should this be our next priority?

Our plans are coordinated with over how we provide overall housing number.

We have got an option in our Local Development Plan Review to provide more housing within Kidderminster Town Centre (specifically in the Bromsgrove Street area) and inside of the Ring Road. We've recently seen an increase in the conversion of vacant offices to homes in the town centre. Is housing the best option to kick start the regeneration of this area?

We have 4 options for the Horsefair area in the Local Plan Review:

  • Continue with the current residential led regeneration of the Churchfields area and require transport improvements to to be made in the Horsefair as part of the development. 
  • Seek to provide a second vehicular canal crossing linking Churchfields to Crossley Park (Lime Kiln Bridge) as part of the regeneration of Churchfields.
  • Seek to provide an additional access to the ring road from Churchfields as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the area. This could then lead to the implementation of a one-way system in the Horsefair.
  • Demolish the buildings one side of the Horsefair allowing the road to be widened to alleviate congestion.