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Draft Black Country Plan 2039 (Regulation 18) additional Walsall-only consultation drop-in sessions

Draft Black Country Plan 2039 (Regulation 18) additional Walsall-only consultation drop-in sessions
Published on 05 August 2022 Print

People interested in the three additional sites that are being proposed for inclusion in the Draft Black Country Plan can find out more by visiting drop-in sessions in the area. Planning officers will be available to explain the proposals, answer questions and help residents who may wish to submit comments.

This opportunity follows the Draft Black Country Plan consultation in 2021. As a result of that consultation, three additional potential housing sites have been identified and the council wants to find out people’s views on these before the next stage of the full Black Country Plan can be consulted on later this year.

The sites being consulted upon are:
•    Land West of Chester Road North of Little Hardwick Road, Streetly
•    Land East of Skip Lane and North of Woodfield Close
•    Pacific Nurseries (North), East of Chester Road

The Black Country Plan will guide housing and other developments across Walsall and the rest of the Black Country over the next two decades. 

The sessions are taking place at:
•    Broadway United Reformed Church 2 Gillity Avenue (WS5 3PH) on Tuesday 16 August. 2pm to 7pm
•    Streetly Sports and Community Association, Foley Road East (B74 3HR) on Friday 19 August. 1.30pm to 6.30pm

The current consultation is not about the rest of the Plan that the council consulted on in 2021 and responses that do not relate to the three sites cannot be taken be taken into account at this stage. The council expects to publish the next stage of the Plan and to ask for people’s views on later this year.

Leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Mike Bird, said:
“We have a major challenge to meet the Government’s target for us to accommodate over 76,000 new homes across the four Black Country boroughs between now and 2039, as well as 560 hectares of additional land for jobs. We expect the majority of new development will take place on brownfield sites but we simply do not have enough of these. Having an up to date local plan will ensure that development goes in the most sustainable locations and as much greenfield and Green Belt land as possible is safeguarded from development.”

Comments about the additional sites must be received by the council by 5pm on Monday 5 September 2022. 

As well as the drop-in sessions, the proposals can be viewed online at https://blackcountryplan.dudley.gov.uk/t2/p7/ 

Alternatively they can be examined in local libraries.

For more details, email blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk or planningpolicy@walsall.gov.uk or phone 01922 658020

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Note to Editor
The sites being consulted upon are:
•    Land West of Chester Road North of Little Hardwick Road, Streetly — indicative housing capacity of 655
•    Land East of Skip Lane and North of Woodfield Close — indicative housing capacity of 135
•    Pacific Nurseries (North), East of Chester Road — indicative housing capacity of 30

As well as the drop-in sessions, the proposals can be viewed online at https://blackcountryplan.dudley.gov.uk/t2/p7/ 

Alternatively they can be examined in local libraries.

For more details, email blackcountryplan@dudley.gov.uk or planningpolicy@walsall.gov.uk or telephone 01922 658020