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Cradley/Windmill Hill Local Centre is situated on the A458 between Stourbridge and the western Birmingham conurbation. The Local Centre has a range of shops, leisure and community facilities, which are important to the local residents.

Cradley/Windmill Hill has been identified as a priority centre for regeneration and as a result, resources were secured in November 2006 to appoint Colin Buchanan Planning Consultants to assist with the development of the Cradley/Windmill Hill Regeneration Plan. The Plan was subject to extensive consultation with local businesses, residents, stakeholders and organisations.

The Regeneration Plan flags up the key issues in the local centre, identifies the regeneration principles and sets out a land use Plan. The Plan identifies three development sites, transport improvements, environmental and public realm enhancements and a better pedestrian environment. The Regeneration Plan also includes and timetabled implementation plan.

In relation to implementing the Regeneration Plan, negotiations have already begun with a number of developers who are interested in taking forward some of the regeneration proposals highlighted in the Plan.

(The Cradley Regeneration Plan - see pdf file at the bottom of the page).

Note: the Cradley Regeneration Plan has been approved by Cabinet as a Development Control Guidance Note.

(See pdf at the bottom of this page showing Map of Local Centre - Boundary).

A survey of all the 17 local and district centres takes place on an annual basis in order to measure the performance of each centre over time and is also used to compare areas and set priorities. The statistics collected include number of vacant units in the centre, number of vacant units in the areas that fall under the protected retail frontage and diversity of uses in the centre.

(See pdf at the bottom of this pages showing Map of Local Centre - Survey).