Recently I wrote to South Staffordshire District Council regarding their latest thinking, and their work program as it related to their proposals to build 2,500 homes on land within their District Council.
The response I had is here for your viewing.
The South Staffordshire Local Plan review and land at Linthouse Lane, Wednesfield.
As you are aware, the site at Linthouse Lane is one of over 600 sites that have been suggested to us for future development as part of our Local Plan review. However, we are not yet at a stage where sites have been chosen, and so far have carried out two consultations, one looking at the planning issues facing the council and potential options, and more recently in late 2019, a consultation which looked at broad locations for growth, but not specific sites.
The next stage of the review – Preferred Options – is when we would set out our preferred sites and Members had discussed and agreed a revised timetable for this and we proposed to carry out public consultation in summer 2021.
However, the Government has recently issued a series of consultations on proposed changes to the planning system, which includes wide ranging changes to the Local Plan process. The main consultation called ‘Planning for the Future’ can be seen here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future
As such, the Council now needs to review these consultation documents and consider the implications for South Staffordshire Local Plan and agree a response to the consultation with our elected Members. As soon as the outcomes of the Government’s proposed changes are clear we can move forward with the Local Plan review.
I hope this explains the position, but if you have any other queries please get in touch.”
That statement delivers where the District Council is at this moment in the planning process.