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Local development scheme

The local development scheme (LDS) is a project plan for preparing new planning policy documents. It identifies what local development documents (LDDs) we will produce, in what order, and when.

The most recent LDS was approved on 2 November 2022. It confirms that work on the Black Country Plan has ended and sets out the timetable for a local plan for Walsall.

Local plan timetable




Cabinet to approve revised local development scheme to commence preparation of Walsall local plan and anticipated timetable

2 November 2022


Issues and options document drafting (inc updating of evidence etc.)

November 2022 – May 2023

Issues and options document under Reg 18 to consult on the potential scope of the plan, key issues and what options there may be.

Cabinet to approve issues and options document for consultation

June 2023


Reg 18 - issues and options consultation (six weeks)

September – October  2023

Six weeks is the minimum time period required by the regulations

Process Reg 18 representations and consideration of evidence

November 2023 – January 2024

To include Scrutiny Committee

Additional preferred options document drafting

February 2024 – August 2024

Includes updating of evidence etc.

Preferred options consultation (six weeks)

September - October 2024

As above, by introducing additional stage we are providing an additional opportunity for people to influence the plan ahead of Reg 19. By undertaking this and earlier issues and options consultation could potential soften the burden on that first document in terms of including specific policies.

Process preferred options representations

November 2024 – January 2025

To include Scrutiny Committee

Draft Reg 19 (publication) local plan

February 2025 – August 2025


Reg 19 (publication) consultation (six weeks)

September - October 2025


Process representations and prepare local plan for submission to PINS

November 2025 – February 2026


Submit for examination

March 2026


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