Brierley Hill Area Action Plan – a key planning document which will guide future developments in the area – is reaching its final run in to adoption following an ‘Examination in Public’ held at Dudley Council House in December. Planners are now looking to formally adopt the plan this summer.
The proposed plan which will guide the creation of over 10,000 new jobs, a significant expansion of the Merry Hill Centre, the building of over 3,000 new homes in the area, and the introduction of more leisure and community facilities, was subject to questioning by Inspector Vincent Maher during a week of meetings and visits.
Community groups, council officials, traders, environmentalists, developers and landlords all attended the examination.
Overall the process was very positive – not a surprise given the amount of consultation that has taken place over the last decade.
Points of debate centred around how to improve public transport to the town, how to enhance the High Street, the impact of the introduction of car park charging at Merry Hill, how best to protect and enhance wildlife in the area and the role of manufacturing within the plan.
Mr Maher is now considering his report on whether the plan conforms to national requirements and is realistic in its delivery prospects. His report should be available at the end of this month, February.
All being well the plan should be ready for adoption this summer and the hard work of implementing it will gain a further boost.