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Consultation on Black Country Plan launches

Consultation on Black Country Plan launches
Published on 16 August 2021 Print

People can now have their say on major housing plans to help shape developments across Walsall borough for the next two decades.

Last month Walsall Council’s cabinet gave the go ahead for a consultation on the latest phase of the Black Country Plan.

The draft plan outlines potential future developments across the Black Country and is now being consulted on by the four Black Country councils – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

The plan aims to identify land for housing and employment purposes across the Black Country whilst continuing to protect most green belt land from developers.

The government projects that the Black Country will need just over 76,000 new homes over the next 20 years. To support this growth, it also needs 560 hectares of land to accommodate new jobs by 2039. This is equivalent to 835 football fields.

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.

Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Mike Bird said:

“Without this forward plan councils are vulnerable to developers wishing to submit planning applications that threaten the fine balance between the need to provide housing and employment land whilst trying to protect open land wherever we can. Working together with our colleagues across the Black Country strengthens our position.”

The consultation runs from August 16 to October 11 2021. Find out more and have your say at blackcountryplan.dudley.gov.uk/

Alternatively you can visit your local library or email blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk