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:
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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