Green Belt Guidance
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.
Extent of the Green Belt in Wyre Forest District
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In This Guide
Other Guidance Available
- Public Access to Planning Files and Information
- Site Visits, Meetings Good House Keeping
- Publicity and Consultation on Planning Applications
- Registration and Validation of Planning Applications
- Dealing with Trees and Hedgerows
- Charging for Permitted Development and Pre-Application Advice
- Dealing with Pre Apps
- Departure Applications
- Planning Obligations
- Parish Representations at Planning Committee
- Protocol Site Visits
- Public Speaking
- The Development Team Approach for Major Applications
- Dealing with High Hedge Complaints
- Guidance For Developers Submitting Major Planning Applications
- Producing Design And Access Statements
- Renewable Energy
- The 45° Code
- Guide to House Extensions
- Planning Guide to Horses and Stables
- Planning Guide to Conservation Areas
- Guide to Tree Works
- Protection of Trees on Development Sites
- Guide to Listed Buildings
- Planning Guide to Working From Home
- Planning Enforcement
- Farmers Guide to Permitted Development
- Planning Guide to Caravans
- Guide to the Local Heritage List
- Inclusive Environments
- Planning Guide to Sustainable Drainage Systems
- Planning Guide on Going Smoke Free
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