The Black Country authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton are consulting on a new draft plan. The draft plan sets out where new development will be located, alongside investment for new infrastructure. The draft plan proposes to allocate a 50-house development neighbouring a residential area in Sandwell Valley, at the entrance to RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve. The reserve is home to a number of rare and threatened species, including breeding lapwing and little ringed plovers, and overwintering birds such as snipe, jack snipe, and warblers.
Nature rich green space is woefully limited in the area, and we need to protect that which we still have. These species rely heavily on this oasis, and many of the local residents enjoy the tranquil tree lined entrance to the valley. A development would put this at risk, increasing noise disturbance, recreational disturbance, and changing the overall ambience of the area.