The results of a ten-week consultation asking people for their views on the Black Country Core Strategy have been published today.
Residents in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton were asked to have their say on the first stage of establishing a new planning blueprint for the Black Country.
Once adopted in 2021, it will outline where new homes and businesses should be built in the four Black Country boroughs over the next two decades.
Around 1,500 formal responses were submitted during the Issues and Options consultation, covering more than 3,500 matters. There were 150 specific sites submitted for consideration as either residential or industrial development, and more than 300 comments were received on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The raw data from the consultation responses has been published and is available for anyone to view. Responses submitted via leaflet or the online short survey can be viewed at http://blackcountrycorestrategy.dudley.gov.uk/t1/.
Representations by any other form, or in relation to Call for Sites requests, can be found at https://blackcountry.jdi-consult.net/localplan/index.php
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council and spokesperson for the Black Country Core Strategy, said:
“We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.
“We are publishing the results today in full as part of our commitment to make sure this Core Strategy review is completely open and transparent throughout.
“All of the written representations received during the consultation period will be considered by the four councils, along with national legislation and technical evidence, to help us form the base for the final plan.”
Although the first round of formal consultation has ended, the four councils are still accepting submissions for potential development sites. They can be made at http://blackcountrycorestrategy.dudley.gov.uk/t5/
Consultation on the second stage of the Core Strategy, the Preferred Spatial Option stage, is expected to start later this year which will include more information about preferred sites.
People can keep up to date with all of the Black Country Core Strategy’s developments by registering on the website http://blackcountrycorestrategy.dudley.gov.uk/ to receive a regular email bulletin.