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Black County Core Strategy

Black Country Plan

The Black Country Plan 2039

Published Wednesday, 19th October 2022

A joint statement of the Leaders of Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Walsall Council, City of Wolverhampton.

“The four Local Planning authorities in the Black Country have been working together on a joint plan for the area to 2039. It is with regret that we are unable to reach agreement on the approach to planning for future development needs within the framework of the Black Country Plan.

“Local Plans for the four Black Country Councils will now provide the framework for the long-term planning of the Black Country. The Black Country Plan 2039 work programme will end and we will now transition to a process focused on Local Plans. The issues of housing and employment land need will now be addressed through individual Local Plans for each of the authorities. The Councils will co-operate with each other and with other key bodies as they prepare their Local Plans."

Draft Black Country Plan 2039 (Regulation 18) Additional Walsall-only Consultation - 11 July - 5 September 2022 - Now Closed.

The Black Country Authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton are seeking your views on an important Plan that will shape the future of the Black Country.

The public consultation on Additional Draft Black Country Plan (Regulation 18) - Walsall sites only - took place between 11 July to 5 September 2022. This consultation is now closed.

Walsall Council are hosting two drop in sessions where you can find out more about the three additional potential housing sites in this consultation. The sessions are taking place at:

  • Broadway United Reformed Church 2 Gillity Avenue (WS5 3PH) on Tuesday 16 August. 2pm to 7pm
  • Streetly Sports and Community Association, Foley Road East (B74 3HR) on Friday 19 August. 1.30pm to 6.30pm

The Black Country Plan is a joint Local Plan prepared by the four Black Country Authorities. The Plan will direct where new housing and employment development will be located in the Black Country up to 2039.

This additional consultation follows the Draft Plan consultation, which was concluded in October 2021. Following a review of the representations there are three more potentially suitable housing sites in Walsall, which require consideration and should follow the same consultation process as the other sites we consulted on last year.


Publication of responses to the Draft Black Country Plan Consultation (Regulation 18)

Following the public consultation on the Draft Black Country Plan which took place August to October 2021, we have now published all of the responses received. The responses (representations) can now be viewed using the links below.

There are three different ways you can find and view the representations, these are listed below. You can view the comments made without registering or logging in.

How to view responses
Organisation and key word search

View representations submitted by organisations or large group responses.  Click on individual organisations or groups to view their representations.

There is also a search facility on this page, which will let you search by key words such as a specific site or policy. Please note you will not be able to search by individual names.

Draft Plan Document search

Alternatively, you can view representations via the Draft Black Country Plan document. Searching this way, will help you view representations where they’ve been linked to the plan.

To view this way, from the contents page, click on the individual chapters and sections that you are interested in.

Click on the magnifying glass icon adjacent to the site, issue or policy that you are interested in and a summary of all the comments published will be listed. The total number of representations is displayed in brackets next to the icons.

Local authority search

Finally, to view the representations made for each local authority sites and policies, see the links below.

Next Steps

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a representation on the Draft Plan.

The outcomes from the consultation, along with further evidence gathering, will inform the next version of the Black Country Plan - called the Publication Plan.

The Publication Plan will be published late summer/autumn 2022 when all four Black Country councils will be asked to approve for consultation.

To find out more and keep up to date on plan developments, sign up to receive the plan’s ebulletin or email