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Adoption of Walsall Site Allocation Document (SAD) and Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP)


Following the resolution of Walsall Council on 7 January, Walsall Site Allocation Document (SAD) and Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) are now adopted plans. 

The SAD and AAP were independently examined by Planning Inspector; Jameson Bridgwater, in September / October 2017.  The Inspector recommended a number of modifications in order to make the Plans ‘sound’ and these modifications have been incorporated into the adopted Plans.  Both Plans now have full weight in decision making. 

The adopted SAD and AAP are available at the links below: 

The development plan

The Planning Policy Team is responsible for preparing, explaining and monitoring the statutory planning policies, contained in a series of documents that together comprise Walsall’s ‘
development plan
’. This sets out a vision for the Borough and policies to promote, accommodate and guide desirable development whilst protecting and enhancing the environment.
The council is required by law to take account of the policies in the development plan when making decisions on planning applications. Developers should also have regard to these policies when drawing up their proposals.
Regional Spatial Strategies were fully revoked by the government on 20 May 2013. The development plan for Walsall therefore now currently comprises:
Black Country Core Strategy (BCCS) 2011
Walsall Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 2005 – ‘saved’ policies (see UDP page)
UDP Proposals Map and Town and District Centre Inset Maps
These documents form part of Walsall's Local Plans (formerly Local Development Framework - LDF). Additional planning policy documents are prepared by the Council to offer further guidance to the policies of the ‘development plan’, and these also make up part of the Local Plans. Direct links to the documents that have been adopted or are being prepared in draft are given in the tables below.
Old Style Plan (UDP) - 'Saved Policies'
Development Plan Documents (DPDs)    
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) (Hard copies available for £10 each inc P&P)
*These SPDs were revoked by the Secretary of State in February 2012 as set out in the link below:
Other Local Plans Documents


infoThe Walsall UDP and Local Plans documents are available to download for free using the links provided. However, printed copies can be provided at a reasonable cost. Please note that payment is required prior to the document being sent. Payment can be accepted either via a cheque made payable to Walsall MBC or a credit or debit card. For credit or debit card enquiries please contact 01922652620. *Hard copies of all the above documents are free to local community groups on the Council's consultation database (1 copy per group on request).



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