Seven green spaces set for conservation list

Published 12th September 2017

Seven green areas across Sandwell are set to be added to a list of nature conservation sites.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet, which meets on 20 September, will discuss a recommendation to designate areas at the following locations as Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINCs).

  • Bullers Open Space, Tipton
  • Market Place, Tipton
  • Merry Hill, Smethwick
  • River Tame Corridor, Oldbury
  • Whitecrest, Great Barr
  • Woden Road East, Wednesbury
  • Portway Hill, Rowley Regis, is set to be designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

The designations provide up-to-date evidence for planners to protect local nature when making planning decisions.

Councillor Paul Moore, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment, said: “Our green spaces make Sandwell a more attractive place for people to live, work, play and invest.

“They can also encourage people to improve their physical and mental health and attract new housing to places where people want to live.

“Designating these seven areas will help us protect them from damaging development, complementing our existing network of nature conservation sites.”

Across Sandwell, there are already than 30 SINC areas and nearly 70 SLINC areas. More sites that have the potential to be designated will be assessed soon.

The latest recommendations have been endorsed by the Local Sites Partnership (LSP) and Natural England.

The LSP includes the four Black Country councils, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham and the Black Country Wildlife Trust, EcoRecord, Geodiversity, Natural England, The Environment Agency and botanists.