People in Walsall wishing to find out about the Draft Black Country Plan can attend drop-in sessions in Walsall Town Centre, Brownhills, Pheasey and Aldridge. The sessions give borough residents the chance to view consultation documents, ask questions and leave their completed comments forms with officers.
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 draft plan is being consulted on by the four Black Country councils – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The majority of new development will take place on brownfield sites. The plan aims to ensure we have enough land to meet our needs for homes and jobs whilst continuing to protect most green belt land from development.
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 planning policies and sites for development including where they think new development should be located.
The sessions are taking place between 3pm and 7pm each day at:
• Walsall Council House in Lichfield Street (WS1 1UZ) on Wednesday 29th September
• Brownhills Community Centre on Pelsall Road (WS8 7JW) on Thursday 30th September
• The Aldridge Compass Suites (Ashlar Suite) on The Green (WS9 8NH) on Friday 1st October.
- The Collingwood Centre (Garden Room) on Collingwood Drive (B43 7NF) on Monday 4th October
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 until October 11 2021. Residents can also find out more and submit comments online at blackcountryplan.dudley.gov.uk
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