South Staffordshire site allocations consultation set to start
Published March 4th, 2014
South Staffordshire District Council is about to start a consultation process that will identify and allocate sites for development across the county.
The Site Allocations process will not only identify development sites for current development but will also ring-fence land for future development uses and protect sensitive areas of land from development. The consultation process starts on March 17 and will run until May 19.
“The first stage is the Site Allocations ‘Issues and Options’ consultation which will be split into two parts,” explained Mandy Seedhouse of Berrys.
“The first part will include a district wide element which will set out the approach to allocating land for development and update housing allocation numbers. This process will also include a ‘call for sites’ to identify any potential development sites not yet put forward to the council.”
The second part of the consultation will be locally specific and set out the allocations for each village identified for accommodating development. This will include looking at the development requirements for each village and current land uses. A map for each village will identify all sites which have the potential to be developed, and an individual site proforma will be used to examine what each site could potentially deliver.
“The findings of the Issues and Options Consultation will help the council to produce a draft Site Allocations Document containing only the sites to be allocated and reasoning for discounting other sites. It is anticipated that this will be produced by the winter of 2014,” Mandy explained.
“The consultation process enables local communities to have a say on shaping their villages, including which sites should be developed, the size thresholds for allocated sites, what type of housing or mixed use development should take place, what community benefit could be delivered, what sites should be safeguarded and how employment sites can be developed.
“The consultation process is also an opportunity for landowners to make representations in respect of their sites included on the allocations map and also to suggest new sites,” she added.
Berrys has a wealth of experience on site allocations and can help landowners identify sites that might be suitable for development or submit representations for or against particular sites.
Please contact Mandy Seedhouse at Berrys on 01743 267066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.