WFDC Local Plan 2017 A5 Flyer Printr FINAL_001 (2)Residents, local businesses and stakeholders are being asked to have their say on Wyre Forest District Council’s draft Local Plan Preferred Options document.  The important planning document covers topics such as how many new houses are required and where they will go, where new employment area should be and what additional services, such as transport and schools, will be needed to support development up until 2034.

The Council is proposing two options.  One option sees additional development concentrated to the east/south east of Kidderminster (Option A). The other option (Option B) would see growth more widely dispersed (particularly around Stourport-on-Severn and adjacent to Lea Castle, Kidderminster). The full details on the options are available at . They can also be viewed at the Worcestershire Hub, Vicar Street, Kidderminster and in libraries in the district.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:

“We need to hear from the community and get people taking part in this important consultation.  There are some difficult decisions to be made about where development should be and how to balance that with protecting the natural assets of our beautiful district.“

Both options do include some development on Green Belt land and there are different implications for transport networks for the two approaches.

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest District Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Regeneration said:

“According to the evidence gathered we know that the Council needs to plan for the development of 300 new houses per year up until 2034. Unfortunately not all of this can be accommodated on brownfield land, so regrettably this does mean there will need to be development in the Green Belt.  We are committed to protecting our Green Belt land and it is anticipated that the proposals will involve around 2% of the land allocated for Green Belt land in the district.”

A series of drop in sessions has also been arranged for people to find out more about the Local Plan and how it may affect them.  They are taking place at:





Monday 10 July

Heronswood Primary School, Spennells, Kidderminster


Wednesday 19 July

The Wyre Room, St George’s Hall, Load Street, Bewdley


Friday 21 July

Rowland Hill Centre, Kidderminster


Saturday 22 July

Offmore Evangelical Church Hall, Kidderminster


Wednesday 26 July

Areley Kings Village Hall, Stourport


Friday 28 July

Cookley Village Hall


Saturday 29 July

Stourport Civic Hall

10:00am- 4:00pm

Friday 4 August

St Oswalds Church Centre, Broadwaters Drive, Kidderminster



The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 14 August 2017.  Comments should be submitted by following the links from the webpage or by emailing  They can also be posted to Planning Policy Team, Wyre Forest District Council, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, WORCS, DY11 7WF.