Black County Core Strategy

How to Comment

Here you will find all the information you need to comment on the latest Consultation Document for the Black Country Plan.

How to comment on the Draft Black Country Plan

The draft Black Country Plan 2039 is a document which plans for future development of the area. This is now being consulted on by the four Black Country councils – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

This means you can now have your say on how we shape the future of the Black Country to 2039. The consultation gives people the chance to have their say on the proposed sites for development and where they think new development should be in the Black Country.

It’s really important local people get involved, the consultation runs from 16 August to 11 October 2021.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek comments on proposed draft policies and land allocations. 

There are a number of ways to submit your comments:

Complete a comments form 

You can download a copy of the form and return it by email to blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk or by post to Black Country Plan, Planning and Regeneration, Dudley Council, Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF.

Paper copies of the comments form are also available in libraries or can be posted to you on request by emailing blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk or by calling 01384 814136 and asking to speak to a Planning Policy Officer.

Comment via the online portal.

You can also submit your comments using the consultation portal

A user guide on how to make comments this way can be found below.

Local authority summary documents

You can view all documents related to the Black Country Plan on the consultation document page of this site.

A summary document has also been produced for each of the four Black Country local authorities. These can be viewed below.

Housing land allocations

The proposed housing land allocations for each local authority can be found via the direct link below: 

We will consider all responses received by 5pm on 11 October 2021. Late responses will not be accepted under any circumstances and individual acknowledgement of receipt will not be possible.

Please note that copies of all comments received, including emails and letters, will be made available for the public to view and will include the name(s) of the respondent(s). All other personal details will remain confidential. The Black Country councils will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. View Privacy Notice.

View the Draft Black Country Plan

You can view the Draft Plan documents online. Hard copies of the plan and associated documents will be available to view at the following locations through the consultation period (subject to any visitor restrictions): 

Dudley Sandwell Walsall Wolverhampton
Dudley Council House, 1 Priory Road, Dudley Sandwell Council House Freeth Street, Oldbury Walsall First Stop Shop Wolverhampton Civic Centre St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton
Dudley Council Plus, 259 Castle Street, Dudley Central Library West Bromwich Bloxwich Library Wolverhampton Central Library
Brierley Hill Library Blackheath Library Darlaston Library Bilston Library
Coseley Library Cradley Heath Library Willenhall Library Wednesfield Library
Dudley Library Great Barr Library Lichfield Street Hub
Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Library Link Great Bridge Library Brownhills Library
Gornal Library Oldbury Library Sandwell Council House, Streetly Community Library
Halesowen Library Smethwick Library Mobile Library Services
Kingswinford Library Tipton Library Aldridge Library
Market Wednesbury Library
Long Lane Library Halesowen Bleakhouse Library, Oldbury
Lye Library Brandhall Library, Oldbury
Netherton Library Glebefields Library, Tipton
Quarry Bank Library (subject to this library being open) Hamstead Library, Great Barr
Sedgley Library Hill Top Library West Bromwich
Stourbridge Library Langley Library Oldbury
Wordsley Library Oakham Library Tividale
Rounds Green Library, Oldbury
Stone Cross Library Beverley Road, West Bromwich
Thimblemill Library, Smethwick

Copies of the documents will also be displayed in Codsall Library, Wombourne Library and Perton Library, South Staffordshire.  

Throughout the consultation, planning policy officers will be available over the telephone or via email to discuss the plan or clarify any information. To speak to a planning policy officer for your local authority area details are as follows:  

Events

We will be holding MS Teams virtual online Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions.  These will take place on:

Tuesday 7th September – 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Wednesday 8th September 1.00pm – 3.00pm  

If you would like to book a place on one of the online Q&A sessions, please email blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk or telephone: 01384 814136.

Please book a place and send any questions you would like answered at the session to blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk by 6th September 2021.  Any questions that are not answered in the session due to time constraints will be responded to by email.

Please note that the meeting may be recorded so that those who are unable to attend can view the session at a later date.

Recordings of the Q&A Sessions

The recordings of the two Q&A sessions are available to review below.  The notes of the meeting will be uploaded shortly.

Additional Support

Please let us know if you have any issues accessing or viewing the documents and we will make additional documents available where possible.