Wednesfield North City Councillors said today “We fear that this Strategic Plan has put the cat amongst the pigeons!”
Wednesfield North Councillors said “Developers and constructors have made it known yesterday of their keenness to look at sites to develop homes along the Green Belt within in Essington and in Staffordshire, and the beautiful amenity that gives Wednesfield North residents the only ‘big sky’ vista available in this part of the City. This landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries is now clearly under threat.
The Wolverhampton North East border at Wednesfield North, is being earmarked for a huge 2,500 home development, massive in size and area, and running along side the Essington and Wednesfield Boundary. The plans also want to see even more homes in similar style alongside the Bushbury Staffordshire Boundary.
This land is attracting big attention…. Whilst it is important to flag up that at this stage the Councils are simply publishing the ‘call for sites’ information which has been submitted through a public consultation.
Nevertheless we know how our Community will feel and how angry and upset they will be at the implication of construction on this site and others along the City border over the next twenty years, as valued Green Belt land as from today becomes the target for house building.
City Officers have informed your Councillors that “No assessment has been made of the relative merits of these sites, and no decisions have yet been taken.”
They inform your Wednesfield North Councillors that all of the sites will be considered against planning criteria as part of the Black Country Core Strategy Review, following a joint Green Belt review with South Staffordshire Council programmed to take place during 2018.
The responses to the Issues and Options consultation included ‘call for sites’ submissions, where landowners and developers put sites forward for consideration in the review.
The consultation responses and details of the ‘call for sites’ submissions was made public on 12 March.
The next stage of the Plan process will be a Preferred Spatial Options report, due to be published in late 2018. There will be extensive public consultation at this stage, which will inform development of the final Plan.”
Councillor Phil and Mary Bateman with Councillor Rita Potter said “Let us state from the outset, Wednesfield North Councillors are strongly against the development of Green Belt and the loss of any further agricultural land North of Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane.
We will strongly object to the loss of these amenities, and we will fight to ensure that there is no merging via the 2,500 homes identified for potential construction along our border with Essington and Ashmore Park.
Adding thousands of homes in Essington and marching them right up to Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane will alter dramatically the area that our residents enjoy as amenity. We feel that our community will be strongly against these proposals.
We note from the City Officer comments that there will be extensive consultations later this year about these proposals, and we serve notice now that our team of Labour Councillors will be vociferous as we aim to reflect what our constituent’s views will be.”
Please note our strong feelings and our determination to reflect what our constituents will want.