Residents are being urged to have their say on proposals to shape the future of their communities before a consultation ends next week.

Heathfield Park and Tettenhall draft neighbourhood plans have been put together by residents and contain their visions for what they want to see in the areas.

People are now being asked to give their views on the plans before the consultation finishes next Friday, 7 March.

Earlier this month, planning minister Nick Boles MP visited Heathfield Park and Tettenhall to meet with Neighbourhood Forum members and hear how they put the documents together.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "We are pleased that Mr Boles took the time out to see the good work that is going on in the city and he was very impressed with what he saw.

"Residents in both areas embraced the concept to having their say in what happens in their communities and the draft plans are a testament to the hard work carried out by people and the council.

"But the consultation is coming to an end and so I would urge anyone living in Heathfield Park and Tettenhall to give their views as soon as possible."

Under the Localism Act in 2011, communities were encouraged to get together and get involved in planning for their areas and produce neighbourhood plans that will guide new development.

Tettenhall and Heathfield Park were the first to formally apply to the city council to designate their own neighbourhoods. This was granted in 2012.

Wolverhampton is the first local authority in the Black Country to have a neighbourhood plan submitted and amongst the first wave in the new initiative nationally.

Following this consultation neighbourhood plans will be examined by an independent examiner.

If the examiner is satisfied that the neighbourhood plans meet the basic conditions then the neighbourhood plan will go through to a community referendum.

Following a successful referendum, the neighbourhood plans will become formally "made" and adopted into the council's development plans.

For more information about the neighbourhood plan and how to submit a representation please visit Type=articles;Articleid=2478;Title=Neighbourhood Planning; or email

  • released: Wednesday 26 February, 2014