Proposed Development of the Lagoon Field alongside Wilden Marsh

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I’ve just read consultation documents and the local planning review relating to the proposed development of the former Lagoon Field (Settling Ponds) alongside Wilden Lane and Wilden Marsh. It’s proposed that the site be developed for either a) industrial or b) residential use, depleting existing resources and adding further pressure to the current and future success of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Here is the planning review and a pdf of the relevant section:

http://www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/localplanreview

Local_Plan_Review_Preferred_Options_June_2017_5046759534666220811

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment for Kidderminster: Here

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAGOON FIELD PLANNING APPLICATION: Here

You can comment on WFDC’s proposal here:   http://wyreforestdc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/lppo?pointId=s1465479479553#section-s1465479479553 , or email your objections and comments here: LPR@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Download WFDC’s Response Forms : Here  (Click on the “How Can I Comment” section)

You can make a straw poll vote here: Lagoon Field Development Straw poll.

COMMENTS SHOULD BE MADE BETWEEN 15 JUNE 2017 AND NO LATER THAN 5pm ON MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017.

If you are local and interested in how the proposed development affects you or Wilden Marsh, you might want to make your voices heard. Comments are taken seriously, so it may be worth you as individuals officially lodging your comments and views with the local planning authority. This can be done online or by letter.

I am personally against any development of the former Lagoon Field on the basis of the land being an important and valuable local urban wildlife asset, and home to many toads, frogs and polecats, and protected species such as otter and great crested newt. Thousands of common toads walk through the Lagoon Field each year to mate in North Pond. Also, the Lagoon Field borders an improving SSSI, is a buffer between protected ground and a main road and other developments, is essentially a floodplain, and a valuable urban nature oasis.

The north end development would cut off part of the SSSI, making it very poor.

Generally there would be an increase in light and noise pollution, and disturbance from cats, dogs, and people. I am certain that both the vibrancy and vitality of Wilden Marsh will be greatly negatively affected if such a development goes ahead.

The Wilden Lane traffic would be horrendous – it is already horrendous.

If you need further information or help, please contact me.

This post reflects my personal view.

WWT will object to development of the Lagoon Field.

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mikeatwildenmarsh@hotmail.co.uk

 

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16 Responses to Proposed Development of the Lagoon Field alongside Wilden Marsh

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    Sad, but unfortunately, inevitable. People will slowly replace all land and all wildlife. We are like a plague that multiplies with no end in site,

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  2. pilipala51 says:

    Sorry to hear this Mike. Whatever the plans, it will be a sad loss to wildlife.

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  3. Glyn says:

    Hi Mike, The Trust need to try to oppose this development and to get the settlement ponds included in the Wilden Marsh Reserve as an extension to the active wildlife corridor. Difficult in present circumstances I appreciate when all that Councils can think of is meeting Government targets for housing needs, however inflated and fanciful they may be. Glyn

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    • Hi Glyn,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The Trust will oppose any development of the Lagoon Field.

      I agree that it would be wonderful if the Lagoon Field was to be included in the Wilden Marsh Reserve. It would be nice if the owners gifted the area to WWT, but I think this is unlikely to happen. The various parties interested in the Lagoon Field have different agendas, and we need to persuade them that the Marsh will be a very different and poorer place without it. However, Big Business does not possess a social conscience.

      Social media offers the chance for everyone to present there views, and this gives people power. Donald Trump understands this, which is why he is such a fan of Twitter.

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  4. Gary O'Neill says:

    Sounds like a complete and utter nightmare, traffic wise. Wilden lane is already at a standstill most days, both ends !!! I’m even more saddened, if not sickened, by the thought of more of our wildlife having to pay the price!!! Surely ALL the “brown belt” land should be utilised first !!!

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    • Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Getting out of the Lagoon Field in my car between 3.30 and 6.00pm can be a bit of a challenge.

      I think the problem might be that the north end of the Lagoon Field is classified as industrial wasteland; I am 100% sure that fauna and flora living and growing there are totally unaware of this.

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  5. Bill Foxall says:

    As a nearby resident (and volunteer) I have fulminated against the possibility of such a development being considered several times already.. Consequently I have approached both our MP and our representative on the local and county council and made a case strongly against any such ridiculous scheme. The wild life, the previous pools and all that implies, and the already chaotic traffic situation- which I have also tackled- are arguments strong enough to deter all but the corporate greedy and the dissembling political representatives. I can report that both these people strongly denied any possibility of development. Now we know what we get when we vote.
    It is imperative that all those affected should create hell on earth to all and sundry. Defeatist comments like those from Sherry are completely out of court and not helpful..

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