Residents in Wolverhampton have developed their visions for the future of their communities.

Tettenhall and Heathfield Park Neighbourhood Forums have published their final draft neighbourhood plans and submitted them to the Council. The Council is now asking for views and representations in the coming weeks.

This followed the Localism Act in 2011, where 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.

Since then, the 2 forums have been supported by the council to create their neighbourhood plans.

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.

People are now being asked to view the neighbourhood plans and submit their views and representations from tomorrow (Friday 24 January) until 7 March.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "Neighbourhood plans give people the chance to shape their own communities.

"So I would urge people living in Tettenhall and Heathfield Park to take a look at these plans and have their say."

Following this consultation, the 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 be able to 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

More information can also be found on the neighbourhood forums websites:

  • Tettenhall Neighbourhood Type=links;Linkid=2591;Title=Forum;Target=_blank;
  • Heathfield Park Neighbourhood Type=links;Linkid=2919;Title=Forum;Target=_blank;

More information about the neighbourhood plan concept is available online at Type=links;Linkid=3136;Title=Department for Communities and Local Government;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 23 January, 2014