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West Midlands Interchange


Notice is hereby given that the following hearings will take place in the Examination of the above referenced application for a DCO (the “Application”), which was submitted by Four Ashes Limited of 4 th Floor, 7/10 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9QD (the “Applicant”) to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State under section 37 of the Planning Act 2008.

PRELIMINARY HEARING: WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019 – seating available from 09:30, Meeting to commence at 10:00.

OPEN FLOOR HEARING: WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019 – seating available from 13:30, Hearing to commence at 14:00

OPEN FLOOR HEARING: WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019 - seating available from 17:30, Hearing to commence at 18:00

ISSUE SPECIFIC HEARING (1) (relating to the draft Development Consent Order): THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2019 – seating available from 09:30, Hearing to commence at 10:00.

The venue for each of the above hearings is: Hayward Suite, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR. The proposed development is the construction, operation, use and maintenance of a strategic rail freight interchange (“SRFI”) including warehousing and associated highway works on land west of Junction 12 of the M6 motorway, immediately south of the A5 trunk road.

The development will, amongst other things, involve the construction and operation of:  An intermodal freight terminal with direct connections to the West Coast Main Line, capable of accommodating up to 10 trains per day and up to 775m long, including container storage, associated Heavy Goods Vehicle parking, rail control building and staff facilities;

 Up to 743,200 sq m (Gross Internal Area) of rail served warehousing and ancillary service buildings;  New road infrastructure and works to the existing road infrastructure;

 Demolition “and alterations to” existing structures an earthworks to create development plots and landscape zones;

 Reconfiguring and burying of electricity pylons and cables; and

 Strategic landscaping and open space, including alterations to public rights of way and the creation of new publicly accessible open spaces.

A copy of the Application documents, plans and maps may be inspected free of charge at the following locations and during the hours set out below. 1. Brewood Library, Newport Street, Brewood, Stafford, ST19 9DT (Opening Times: Tuesday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 1pm); 2. Penkridge Library, Bellbrook, Stafford, ST19 5DL (Opening Times: Monday 2pm to 6pm, Tuesday 2pm to 7pm, Wednesday 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm, Thursday 2pm to 5.30pm, Friday 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 1pm); 3. South Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, WV8 1PX (Opening Times: Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5pm)

The Application documents can also be accessed on the Planning Inspectorate’s website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/west-midlands/westmidlands-interchange/?ipcsection=docs&stage=app.

Copies of the Application documentation can be provided in paper copy form at a cost of £600.00 (or an appropriate, proportionate charge for specific documents) or on USB stick free of charge upon request by email to contactus@communityrelations.co.uk or by FREEPOST WMI.


Parish Council Elections 2 May 2019


Thursday the 2nd May 2019 will see District and Parish Council elections take place. These elections represent a tremendous opportunity for local people to be involved in their communities not only as voters but as Parish Councillors, should they be elected.

Parish Councils are the part of local government closest to the people and as such deal with matters at a local level with a view to representing the whole electorate within the parish, delivering services to meet local needs and endeavouring to improve the quality of life of local people. There are many powers under which a parish council can act including:  local youth projects, playing fields and Open Spaces, public conveniences, allotments, bus shelters, crime reduction measures and traffic calming. This is, of course, all subject to financial limitation. Funds are largely raised through the Council Tax collected each year.

 A Parish Councillor is elected by the public for a four-year term and in the role will be involved in deciding, as part of the council, what activities to support, where money should be spent at a local level and what services should be delivered. Much of this work is directed by the budget determined and approved by the Council at the annual precept meeting held in January each year. Councillors will also monitor service delivery and represent their constituents and local organisations, taking up issues on their behalf.

 Anyone can stand as a candidate provided they meet these qualification requirements:

 v  Aged over 18

v  A British or Commonwealth Citizen or Euronational Citizen (who is a registered elector)

v  Resident for 12 months prior to the day of the election – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

v  Occupied land or premises for 12 months as owner or tenant – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

v  Have a principal place of work – either in the Parish or within 3 miles of the boundary

 You cannot stand for election if any of the following apply to you:

¯    You hold a paid office with the Council you wish to stand for

 ¯    If you are subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order creates disqualification which dates from the judgment or execution and generally ends one year after the relevant order is made

¯    If you have within five years before the election or since election been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and been sentenced to not less than three months' imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine. 

  • Imprisonment probably includes any type of custodial sentence.
  • This disqualification begins when the ordinary period for making an appeal is finally dismissed or abandoned or fails for want of prosecution

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Parish Councillor please come along to some of our scheduled meetings which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to see how things work. Agendas, detailing the business to be discussed, are published in each village on the Parish notice-boards and on our website and in our newsletter, as are the dates and times of the meetings. Anyone interested in standing for election for the Parish can obtain a nomination pack from South Staffordshire Council from the beginning of March.

Should you wish to discuss standing for election as a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk to the Council.



The Local Plan Review

South Staffordshire District Council is currently reviewing our Local Plan. This is your opportunity to influence what type of housing is built and where it should go. If you are concerned about affordable housing provision and protecting the Green Belt please get involved in the consultation process. The closing date for comments is 30th November 2018.

There will be three drop-in sessions the district:

7th November at Wombourne Civic Centre

14th November at Codsall Council Offices

15 November at Penkridge Haling Dene Centre

All of the above sessions will run from 10am until 7pm and there is no need to make an appointment.

All the background information can be found at: www.sstaffs.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-review.cfm 


West Midlands Interchange 

West Midlands Interchange has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. The reference number is TR050005. You can view the application documentation and register to take part in the examination of the application by using this link:


A copy of the application and accompanying documents are now available at Brewood Library, Penkridge Library, South Staffordshire Council, Staffordshire County Council and at:


Documents are also available free of charge on a USB stick from contactus@communityrelations.co.uk

Representations on the application must be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate NO LATER THAN 29TH OCTOBER 2018. All representations will be made public.