Have your say on Black Country Core Strategy

Last updated: 30/06/2017 09:04:22

Black Country Core Strategy

A consultation is set to start on Monday (3 July) giving people the chance to help shape the future development of the Black Country.

Feedback is being sought on the Black Country Core Strategy which outlines the number of houses and jobs required in a growing population. The original document was launched six years ago and covers the period up to 2026.

The document is now being reviewed and residents living in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton will have until 8 September to have their say.

The consultation document says nearly 80,000 new homes need to be built in the Black Country before 2036. It says sites have already been earmarked for around 60,000 but land is required for a further 22,000 homes as the population and economy of the area continues to grow.

There is also a need to find 300 hectares of new land for industries and businesses in order to create new jobs.

As part of the consultation, there is a “Call for Sites” where people can put forward areas of land they feel may be suitable for development.

Leader of Walsall Council, Sean Coughlan said: “The current strategy was adopted as the country emerged from a global recession and the Black Country was recovering from a period of economic and population decline. Since then, the Black Country has experience positive changes and seen investment in housing, employment and within our Centres but we can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue to plan for sustained growth.

“This strategy now needs to be reviewed as it's expected there will be both population and economic growth over the next 20 years. This brings a need for new development sites to accommodate this.

Cllr Coughlan added: "In Walsall we have sufficient brownfield land to deliver our growth needs until 2026 and we're working to secure additional investment to see our sites built out for new homes and jobs."

This first stage of the review is a 10-week public consultation where residents across the Black Country will be given the chance to have their say on the options for development.

The consultation will ask questions about where new homes are needed across the Black Country. It will also seek feedback on how to plan for more jobs and where new development should be located.

The information from the consultation will be collated and used to produce a proposed review document, which will again go out to consultation next summer.

To find out more and take part in the consultation visit www.BlackCountryCoreStrategy.dudley.gov.uk.