The results of a 10 week consultation asking people for their views on the Black Country Core Strategy have been published today.

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Residents in City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, and Walsall were asked to have their say on the first stage of establishing a new planning blueprint for the Black Country.

Once adopted in 2021, it will outline where new homes and businesses should be built in the 4 Black Country boroughs over the next two decades.

Around 1,500 formal responses were submitted during the Issues and Options consultation, covering more than 3,500 matters. There were 150 specific sites submitted for consideration as either residential or industrial development, and more than 300 comments were received on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The raw data from the consultation responses has been published today and is available for anyone to view. Responses submitted via leaflet or the online short survey can be viewed at Type=links;Linkid=10202;Title=Consultation Feedback;Target=_blank;.

Representations by any other form, or in relation to Call for Sites requests, can be found at Type=links;Linkid=10203;Title=Black Country Core Strategy - Issues and Options;Target=_blank;.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.

"We are publishing the results today in full as part of our commitment to make sure this Core Strategy review is completely open and transparent throughout.

"All of the written representations received during the consultation period will be considered by the four councils, along with national legislation and technical evidence, to help us form the base for the final plan.

"The Black Country has witnessed a surge of regeneration in recent years, particularly in the City of Wolverhampton.

"We want to continue this success by reviewing the Core Strategy to meet the future needs and aspirations of the Black Country by providing a balanced mix of new homes and jobs and protecting and enhancing the environment."

Although the first round of formal consultation has ended, the 4 councils are still accepting submissions for potential development sites. They can be made at Type=links;Linkid=10204;Title=Call for Sites;Target=_blank;.

Consultation on the second stage of the Core Strategy, the Preferred Spatial Option stage, is expected to start later this year which will include more information about preferred sites.

People can keep up to date with all of the Black Country Core Strategy's developments by registering on the Type=links;Linkid=10205;Title=website;Target=_blank; to receive a regular email bulletin.

  • released: Monday 12 March, 2018