Milestone reached in South Staffordshire's Local Plan Review
Released on 11 October 2019
On Thursday 10 October 2019, Councillors at South Staffordshire Council gave the green light for consultation to commence on the next stage of South Staffordshire's Local Plan Review.
This will consist of a Spatial Housing Strategy and Infrastructure Delivery (SHSID) consultation, which looks at the preferred locations for growth and the evidence to support these choices. The consultation will outline seven different options for housing growth and the distribution of approximately 9,000 homes across South Staffordshire and it will also highlight which of these seven options is the Council's initial preferred strategy and ask for comments on this proposal.
Every local planning authority has to produce a Local Plan which sets out the planning framework for their area. It contains the amount of growth being planned for in the next few years and where that growth will be located. It also contains policies which will be used to decide planning applications.
The SHSID is the culmination of a year's work of gathering key evidence and engaging with District Councillors to shape the document and set out a direction of travel for new housing growth in South Staffordshire. In particular, the Council has worked closely with the Black Country local authorities to carry out a Green Belt study, which identifies the most sensitive areas of Green Belt in the area.
Councillor Roger Lees, Deputy Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “This is an important stage in our Local Plan Review. Over the last year, we have listened carefully to feedback from our residents during our initial 'Issues and Options' consultation, which took place in autumn 2018. This gave us an understanding of what we needed to address through the Local Plan and it has helped develop our seven options for housing growth.
“The Green Belt study is especially important and this feeds directly into the strategy. We now want to hear from residents on whether they support our preferred approach and why. It's really important that we get people's views to inform the next stage of the Local Plan process and we welcome views on our proposed approach to avoid development in the most sensitive areas of Green Belt. Naturally, throughout the process we will continue to investigate and plan for any impact this could have on our highway network and local services such as health, shopping and schools."
The SHSID consultation will open later in October 2019 and the consultation will run for at least six weeks. To receive updates on the Local Plan process as it progresses and notification when the consultation begin, sign up to the Local Plans register of interest by either visiting the South Staffordshire Council website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplanupdates or by sending your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000