Black Country Plan
Welcome to the Black Country Plan webpage. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we have revised the current timetable for the production of the Black Country Plan (BCP). This will allow the unavoidable delay in producing the Plan to be compensated for and allow for members of the public and other stakeholders to take part in a formal consultation once the Country emerges from the current lockdown/regional tier process.
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 2039.
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 have published our current evidence which can be viewed Draft Plan for Consultation Preparations Reg.18. We intend to hold a formal 8 week public consultation on the Draft Plan in summer 2021 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. As we prepare the Draft Plan for Consultation we will update our website with details of the evidence base, timetables and details of the public consultation. For more information on the Black Country Plan process and why we need to produce a Local Plan, please see the attached Key FAQs.