Walsall Council launches its call for sites to capture residents’ ideas for the future of the borough
Walsall Council’s Call for Sites, which has been launched today, invites the public to submit their ideas and thoughts to the local authority to help shape the future of the borough through the Walsall Borough Local Plan.
Walsall Council’s Call for Sites, which has been launched today, invites the public to submit their ideas and thoughts to the local authority to help shape the future of the borough through the Walsall Borough Local Plan. This may include ideas for sites that could be suitable for new buildings, homes, jobs, community use - or land they would like to see protected.
Residents, businesses and landowners can submit their ideas via the Council’s online engagement platform Commonplace. By dropping a pin on an interactive map and suggesting a use for a site, people are encouraged to share any ideas, big or small, for derelict sites and vacant land in their communities.
The results from the call for sites will help to influence and inform plan preparation, so residents, businesses and landowners in Walsall are encouraged to take part.
“ A call for sites will give us an opportunity to consider the proposals of local people when writing the local plan. We want people to put forward ideas, not just for land that can be developed into houses or employment uses, but we want ideas for community specific developments too.
We welcome all ideas big or small, including potential land for green spaces, nature conservation enhancement and other community uses. I’d also urge anyone that submitted a proposal under the previous Black Country Plan to please re-submit it on this next round. “
Work on the Walsall Borough Local Plan will continue in place of the Black Country Plan which ceased production in October 2022.
Local Plans are key statutory documents that will shape the future of the borough through sites allocated for different types of employment, housing and public space. They show where the new homes and jobs that we need will be provided, and make sure these are in the best locations. They also protect open spaces and land for nature. Local plans, once they are adopted, form the basis of decisions on planning applications. The plan will also provide a framework to help enable regeneration, to attract investment into the borough.
The Walsall Borough local plan will support the overall council objectives, and the aims set out in the We Are Walsall 2040 partnership strategy, including supporting a dynamic and diverse economy and making Walsall a cleaner, greener borough.
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