South Staffs Housing Policy – Land North of Linthouse Lane

South Staffs Housing Policy – Land North of Linthouse Lane

I have received a number of enquiries over the last few days about the housing policy change, that has been a debating point now for a considerable time with regards land in Essington South Staffordshire. I thought that it would be beneficial to place in the public forum the following set of recent emails dealing with the South Staffordshire Housing policy –  Land North of Linthouse lane. Which I have written and received.

From: Phil Bateman <>
Sent: 22 January 2021 07:42
To: Michele Ross
Subject: Land North of Linthouse Lane – South Staffordshire

“Dear Michele, It seems an age since I have heard anything with regards to these proposals. Can you please update me on any changes/progress that is being made with regards to these South Staffordshire proposals? What actions have the City Council taken since October which relates to the proposals if any? Best Regards Cllr Phil Bateman”

I received this response to my correspondence from the Planning Official at the end of January.

“Hi Cllr Bateman, South Staffordshire Council have told us that they are progressing their Preferred Options report, which they are hoping to publish for consultation this summer.  City of Wolverhampton Council have not taken any action regarding the South Staffordshire Plan since last autumn. Michele Ross Lead Planning Manager (Sub – Regional Strategy) City of Wolverhampton Council.”

Clearly there are some discussions and activity taking place. It is probably worth just reiterating that all three Wednesfield North Councillors have made it very clear that we are against seeing the current Green Belt in Staffordshire reduced in anyway.

In underlining the need to deal with Brownfield housing. We have supported the building of homes in Wednesfield North on undeveloped land, former Public House sites, and former school and unused garage sites, surrounded by residential development. Some of this support for these developments have not come without some pain. But we believe that we cannot call to save the green Belt if we also deny the right to construct homes on Brownfield land in our own City boundaries.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more