The Black Country Plan (formerly known as the Black Country Core Strategy is a planning framework for the whole of the Black Country. It is a joint plan produced by the four Black Country councils (Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall). It is produced to meet the future development needs of the area and to reflect the aspirations of local communities.
Every local planning authority must produce a local plan to steer future development needs over a period of 15 to 20 years, this means allocating land for future employment and housing provision. Our current plan covers the period 2006 to 2026 and was adopted in 2011. This plan has allocated enough housing and employment land to meet our needs up to 2026.
We are currently reviewing (updating) the Black Country Plan because we now need to start thinking about where future development will go beyond our current plan period of 2026. The new Black Country Plan is about making sure that we allocate land to meet our future needs up to 2038.
We began our review of the Black Country Plan in 2017 and held a public consultation for eight weeks in July 2017 to September 2017 on the issues facing us and some possible solutions.
We are now working on the next stage of the Plan Review which is a Draft Plan for Consultation (Regulation 18). We intend to hold a formal 8 week public consultation on the Draft Plan in Autumn 2020 where we will be asking Members of the public and other stakeholders to comment on the Draft Plan policies and proposed land allocations. You can find out about the timetable for future stages of the Plan preparation.