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Walsall receives government grant to continue planning service improvements

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Walsall Council’s planning service has been awarded a £100,000 government grant to reduce the planning application backlog.


Following the submission of a detailed bid, Walsall was successfully awarded the grant in December 2023. The funds, which were made available to local authorities to apply for early last year, are part of a government initiative to help local authorities across the country increase productivity and reduce planning application backlogs.

“ This is a fantastic achievement for Walsall and will enable the service to significantly reduce the backlog by autumn 2024, providing an improved service to customers.

Walsall is in the middle of a £1.5billion programme of investment to transform the borough, and this grant funding will help us to ensure that resources are focused on progressing the developments that will help us to deliver our vision for the borough

Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration
Walsall Council

Walsall’s planning service has already had great success in reducing the backlog by over 50% since November 2022 by implementing a programme of improvements. This funding will support the ongoing work to provide an excellent service.

Customers that submit planning applications, along with residents and businesses that engage in the planning process, can expect to see further service improvements in 2024 including additional online guidance, website content and streamlined processes.

More information on We are Walsall 2040 and key regeneration projects can be found on our website.



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