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Draft Plan Consultation Preparations Reg.18

We are currently working on the preparing the Draft Black Country Plan (Regulation 18).

We are aiming to have a public consultation on the Draft Plan in autumn 2020. This will give members of the public the opportunity to comment on both the Draft Plan, proposed land allocations and the evidence base.

Black Country Plan Review – Publication of the Emerging Evidence Base

A key requirement of the planning system is to demonstrate how and why plans have been produced. In doing this it is necessary to consider the guidance and information contained in a wide variety of documents. This is collectively known as the 'evidence base'.

The Black Country Local Authorities need to ensure we have an up to date evidence base to help identify the key issues and ensure the Plan meets the development needs, challenges and opportunities for the Black Country up to 2038.

The Government encourages Local Authorities to publish the evidence base when it has been completed to keep communities informed and involved in the plan preparation process. By publishing the evidence it also demonstrates that the Black Country Plan is progressing, as we are aiming to have a public consultation on the Draft Plan in autumn 2020. The Draft Plan consultation in 2020 will give members of the public the opportunity to comment on both the Draft Plan and the supporting evidence base.

The following evidence is now available to view and as further evidence becomes available this will be added to the website:

  • Green Belt Assessment and Landscape Sensitivity Assessment
  • Black Country Urban Capacity Study Update 2019
  • Historic Landscape Characterisation Study
  • Site Assessment Methodology Summary
  • Utilities Capacity Study
  • Ecological Study

You can view the various studies if you click on the thematic icons below. A summary explaining the purpose of the evidence and its outcomes is available to download as well as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Please note that this is by no means our complete evidence base to produce the Draft Plan and we are working on a range of other studies. When further evidence is completed, we will make this available as and when appropriate.

At this stage in the process we are not consulting on the evidence work we have published.  However, you will be able to make comments on the findings of the studies and all other evidence work when the Draft Black Country Plan is published for public consultation in Autumn 2020.