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West Midlands Interchange

Planning Inspectorate News:

Preliminary Hearing Session Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 10am

Open Floor Hearing Session Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 6pm

Issue Specific Hearing Thursday 28 February 2019 at 10am

All to be held at The Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Interchange is a proposal for a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Gailey/Four Ashes, adjacent to the West Coast Mainline and also close to Junction 12 of the M6 – south of Penkridge. Although the proposal is not within Saredon parish, it is very close by and the consultation zone extends to include some residents in Saredon. The proposal which is 250 hectares (over 600 acres) in size is classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project.

The nature and scale of the proposal means that the application will be submitted straight to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and will not be decided by South Staffordshire Council. Based on the recommendations of the Inspectors appointed by PINS, the Secretary of State will be asked to decide the application. The first stage of consultation ran between 13th June 2016 and ran until 24th July 2016.

The parish council has submitted comments to the consultations:

WMI Saredon Parish Council August 2017

WMI Parish Councils' Joint Response July 2016

Saredon Quarry Liaison Committee

Under the approved planning application for the Quarry, a Liaison Committee has been formed to improve dialogue between the quarry operators and local residents, parish, district and county councillors.

Saredon Quarry Approved Blast Monitoring Scheme

Staffordshire County Council recently approved a Blast Monitoring Scheme which sets out how and when residents and local groups should be informed of blasting and the timescales that the work will be carried out. Contact Staffordshire County Council for more details.

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