What is this plan?
The Cradley and Storridge Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for local residents to influence how Cradley and Storridge develop over the next twenty years and is part of the coalition government’s Localism Bill.
The planning system helps decide what gets built, where and when. Planning is essential for supporting economic growth, improving people's quality of life, and protecting the natural environment.
While the planning system provides opportunities for communities to get involved in development decisions that affect them, in practice they have often found it difficult to have a meaningful say. The introduction of neighbourhood planning puts power back in the hands of local residents, businesses, parish councils and civic leaders.
Communities will be in the driving seat of neighbourhood planning. The local parish or town council will lead the work. In areas without a parish council, new neighbourhood forums will take the lead. In areas which are predominately commercial, the neighbourhood forum can be led by a business neighbourhood forum.
The local planning authority must provide support and make the necessary decisions at key stages, for example, it will organise the independent examination and, where it is the responsible authority for running elections in the area, the neighbourhood referendum at the end of the process. The referendum ensures that the local community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood development plan, neighbourhood development order or a Community Right to Build order comes into force in their area.
What we aim to achieve
The results of this work should result in a robust neighbourhood plan which will be considered as a material consideration in any future decisions involving Cradley and Storridge planning applications, infrastructure and housing developments.
Cradley and Storridge Neighbourhood Development  Plan
Background to the NDP
2013  Cradley Parish Council CRADLEY PARISH COUNCIL