We have received update from South Staffs Council on the new housing situation:

Wombourne is one of 9 main villages in South Staffordshire where housing sites have been allocated in the SAD (Site Allocations Document).  After full Examination the Independent Planning Inspector has given the Council the go-ahead to put the SAD in place.  We will now ask Members to adopt the SAD at a meeting of Council on Tuesday 19 June 2018.  Once the SAD is adopted, there will be a 6-week period where a legal challenge can be lodged.

In Wombourne, we have allocated 3 housing sites. These are:

  • Land off Beggars Bush Lane for a minimum of 80 dwellings (site 302)
  • Land off Bridgnorth Road for a minimum of 80 dwellings (site 283)
  • Land off Ounsdale Road for a minimum of 19 dwellings (site 281a)

You can see maps of all the sites in the SAD, here https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/doc/177199/name/App1%20SAD%20Publication%20Plan%20with%20new%20Main%20Mods.pdf/ (pages 127 – 137).

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I am in the process of finalising a copy of the SAD which will incorporate all the proposed changes currently shown in red, and the pages numbers might change slightly once this has been done.  I’m happy to email you a link to this revised SAD once it’s been put on the website.

In addition to the allocated housing sites, we have also had to take land out of the Green Belt across the District for longer term housing development, which will be looked at again when we review our Local Plan.  This land is known as safeguarded land. There are two areas of safeguarded land in Wombourne, one off Orton Lane (site 416) and the other off Pool House Road (sites 415/459/289).

There are also two Gypsy & Traveller pitches (site GT18) in the SAD for Wombourne.  These are within the existing site boundary of the site currently off Pool House Road.  You can see the plan for this on page 140 using the link above.

Once the SAD has been formally adopted, planning applications will need to be submitted in the normal way for the housing sites at Beggars Bush Lane, Bridgnorth Road and Ounsdale Road.  These applications will show greater detail including layout, access, house types and tenures and areas of open space.  Local residents will have the chance to make comments on the applications once they have been submitted.

If you want to see what the Inspector said about the sites in Wombourne you can see this in his Report on pages 35-36 here: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/doc/179488/name/SAD%20Inspector%27s%20Report%208%20May%202018.pdf/.  The Report also goes into more detail about other matters such as public consultation, Green Belt appraisal, how we selected sites etc.


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