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Evidence and Sustainability Appraisal

A key requirement of the planning system is to demonstrate how and why plans have been produced. In doing this it is necessary to consider the guidance and information contained in a wide variety of documents. This is collectively known as the 'evidence base'.

 

This page will list the documents the Black Country local authorities are using in the preparation of the Core Strategy. The information in these documents is being used to guide the preparation of the Core Strategy's aims, objectives and detailed policies.

 

If you cannot see a reference to a particular document, please get in touch with us at:

blackcountrycorestrategy@dudley.gov.uk

or via the contacts page

 

This list contains reference to national, regional and local level documentation. National planning guidance is usually in the form of Planning Policy Statements and Planning Policy Guidance notes, and can be viewed on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website. The regional documents listed have been prepared by the West Midlands Regional Assembly (WMRA), and these can be viewed on the WMRA webpage. A lot of the local level documentation has been prepared by the four Black Country local authorities or by the Black Country Consortium. Each document can be viewed by either following the relevant pdf attachments on this page or by following the links to the relevant web pages.

 

This is a working list and will be updated as the Core Strategy progresses.

 

Links in several of the sections below are temporarily unavailable. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the information below, please contact the Black Country Consortium on 08458 15 15 15

 

Regional policy guidance

West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (January 2008)

Regional Sustainable Development Framework 

Regional Economic Strategy (Advantage West Midlands 2004)

West Midlands Regional Energy Strategy (WMRA 2004)

Regional Housing Strategy

Regional Homelessness Strategy WMPA 2005)

West Midlands Cultural Strategy

Report of the Panel into Draft Phase One Revision (March 2007)

Participants Statements for the Examination in Public into the Draft West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase 1 Revision

West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase Two Revision Draft

RSS Annual Monitoring Reports

 

Black Country plans, studies, guidance and other information

Black Country Study

Black Country Study Population and Household Scenario Forecasts 2001-2031 (Mott McDonald September 2004)

 

Housing

Population and Household Forecasts for Black Country Districts with an Ethnic Group Dimension (ECOTEC October 2007) (available to download below)

Black Country AB Social Group Research (ECOTEC October 2007) (available to download below)

The Black Country Gypsies and Travellers Accommodation Needs Assessment (Fordham Research July 2008) (available to download below)

Black Country Urban Housing Capacity Study (Halcrow Group in association Bruton Knowles September 2005)

Wolverhampton City Housing Needs Study Final Report (David Couttie Associates 2007)

Black Country Telford Housing Market Renewal Area Phase 1 (ECOTEC September 2005)

Black Country and Telford Housing Market Renewal Area - Phase 2 (ECOTEC April 2006)
Black Country Study: Developing a Housing Market Restructuring Framework (ECOTEC September 2005)

Black Country Housing Market Thinkpiece - (CSR Partnership June 2004)

Black Country Study Population and Household Scenario Forecasts 2001-2031: (Mott McDonald December 04) 

The Housing Market in the Black Country & Telford. Discussion Paper on Strategic Issues & Choices.  (CSR Partnership with ECOTEC February 2006) 

Black Country and Telford New Build Survey 2005/06  - (CSR Partnership March 2006)

 Form, Function and Trajectory of neighbourhoods in the Black Country and Telford, Draft Report (CSR Partnership April 2006)

Black Country & Telford Private Rented Sector Analysis Final Technical Report (CSR Partnership April 2006)

Black Country and Telford Area Frameworks, Draft Final Report (Llewelyn Davies Yeong March 2006) 

 

Each local authority has produced a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). These are available on the relevant council websites, accessible from the links below:

 

 

Economy and Skills

Black Country Joint Core Strategy Employment Land Review (GVA Grimley April 2008) (available to download below)

Long Term Economic and Employment Strategy for the Black Country Final Report - (GHK February 2005) 

Comparison of Forecasts for the West Midlands Region - (WM Enterprise Consultants February 2005) 

Floorspace Requirements & Land Density Assumptions West Midlands Region - (WM Enterprise Consultants March 2005)  

Diversification and Modernisation Strategy for the Black Country - (SQW Ltd Dec 2003) 

The Black Country Incubation Strategy - (SQW April 2005)

Accommodating Technology & Service Related Companies in the Black Country - (Bucknall Austin, Clarke Monck & Associates Sep 2005) 

Logistics Technical Report Cover - (John Lillywhite October 2005) 

Logistics Technical Report - (John Lillywhite October 2005) 

Black Country Employment Land Capacity Study (GVA Grimley Sept 2005 Final) 

Black Country Employment Land Capacity Study (GVA Grimley Sept 05 Exec Summary) 

Black Country Employment Land Capacity Study (GVA Grimley Sept 2005 Appendices) 

Assessment of Employment Sites Report (GVA Grimley, November 2009), (available to download below).

 

Transport

PRISM Black Country Joint Core Strategy Transport Technical Document Report (PRISM Joint Application Team July 2009) (available to download below)

Black Country Transport Strategy (PRISM -May 2006) 

Transport Investment Project Prioritisation: Connecting the Black Country - (Carlbro May 2006)  

Black Country Study (Prism - Joint Application Team November 2005)  

Black Country Study (PRISM June 2006)

Transport Investment Project Prioritisation - Connecting the Black Country - (Carlbro June 2006)

The Transport Delivery Plan 2007 (WMRA-Spring 2007)

The Regional Freight Strategy (WMRA-Spring 2007)

West Midlands Local Transport Plan (CEPOG Support Team-March 2006)

Gridlock or Growth Choices and Challenges for the Future - Towards an Integrated Transport Strategy (West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority-July 2007) (to be made available shortly)

Canal Freight Feasibility Study (July 2009), (available to download below).

 

Centres

Study of the Black Country Centres - (GVA Grimley August 2005) 

Investment Analysis & Future Investment Potential of the BC Retail Centres-(Chase & Partners Mar 2006)

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 1 - Wolverhamtpon 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 2 - Walsall

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 3 - West Bromwich 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 4 - Dudley 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 5 - Study of the Black Country Centres 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 6 - Retail Contrast by Centre 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 7 - Black Country Population Trend Figures 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 8 - Catchment Areas from SBCC Report 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 9- Yield Rates in the Black Country, 1995-2005 by Centre 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 10 - Zone A Retail Rental Levels by Centre 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 11 - Waterfront and Merry Hill Offices 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 12 - Central Birmingham Office Sector Summary Assessment 

Chase & Partners Report Appendix 13 - Recent Retail Transactions 

Economic Impact of the Expansion of Brierley Hill/Merry Hill (Regeneris April 2006)

Assessment of Future Market Shares - White, Young Green May 2006  

Comparison of Out of Centre Retail Outlets - (White Young Green May 2006) 

Complementary Centres Strategy - (Dudley MBC May 2006) 

Complementary Centres Strategy - Appendix 

Complementary Centres Strategy Dudley MBC - Technical Report 

Complementary Centres Strategy Dudley MBC-Supporting Photographs

Investment Yields on Retail Property (Valuation Office July 2007)

Participants Statement for the EiP into the Draft West Midlands RSS Phase 1 Revision in relation to Matter 6 'Brierley Hill/Merry Hill and Dudley' by the West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium

Participants Statement for the EiP into the Draft West Midlands RSS Phase 1 Revision in relation to Matter 7 'Levels and Distribution of Retail Floorspace' by the West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium

Technical Paper No. 1 supporting the Black Country Study (West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium December 2006)

Technical Paper No. 2 supporting the Black Country Study (West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium December 2006)

Technical Paper No. 3 supporting the Black Country Study (West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium December 2006)

Statement on Matter 8 'Office Floorspace' supporting the Black Country Study (West Midlands Regional Assembly and Black Country Consortium December 2006)

WMRSS Phase 2 Preferred Option Town and City Centres Background Paper (December 2007)

Regional Centres Study - Main Report and Appendices

Technical Paper 1 - Review of national, regional and sub-regional planning policy

Technical Paper 2 - Socio Economic context
Technical Paper 3 - Regional Investment Market - retail, office and leisure sectors
Technical Paper 4 - Qualitative review of centres, aspirations and physical capacity
Technical Paper 5 - Quantitative need in the retail and leisure sectors
Figure 1.1 and Figure 2.3 and
Spreadsheets

Technical Paper 6 - Office forcasts

West Midlands Regional Centres Update Final Report (Roger Tym & Partners & King Sturge November 2007)

Regional Centres Update - Appendix

Office Locations Study

Black Country Centres Study (GVA Grimley, November 2009), (available to download below).

 

Environment

Environmental Technical Report 'Quality Of Place' - (Black Country Study September 2005

Broadening Horizons - A Vision of the Black Country Urban Park - (Lovejoy September 2004)  

HLF Presentation for 14th June - Please call 08458 15 15 15 to request a copy of this document

Black Country Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (Jacobs February 2009) (available to download below)

Habitat Regulations Assessment of the Joint Core Strategy for the Black Country (White Young Green, March 2008) (available to download below)

Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Phase 2 Revision of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the West Midlands and Habitats Regulations Assessment Appendices (October 2007)

West Midlands Regional Flood Risk Appraisal - Final Report and Figures  (October 2007)

Black Country Geodiversty Plan

Birmingham & The Black Country Biodiversity Action Plan (July 2000)

PPG17 (Open Space Strategy) for the Black Country Local Authorities can be found at the links below.

 

 

Environmental Infrastructure Guidance Phase One (June 2009), (available to download below).

Black Country Water Cycle Study and Scoping Surface Water Management Plan (Scott Wilson, September 2009), (available to download below).

Developing Waterside Investment Opportunities in the Black Country Urban Park (GHK, January 2009), (available to download below).

The Black Country Historical Landscape Characterisation work can be found at the links below:

 

 

Waste

Waste Background Paper (available to download below)

West Midlands Waste Facilities: Future Capacity Requirements (Shropshire CC for WMRA November 2004)

Regional Waste Scenarios Study (July 2005) Part 1, Enviros for WMRA

Regional Waste Scenarios Study (July 2005) Part 2, Enviros for WMRA

Waste Residues Report (June 2006), Enviros for WMRA

A Study into Future Landfill Capacity in the West Midlands (May 2007), Scott Wilson for WMRA

A Study into Future Landfill Capacity in the West Midlands (May 2007), Scott Wilson for WMRA Appendices C

A Study into Future Landfill Capacity in the West Midlands (May 2007), Scott Wilson for WMRA Appendices D

Waste Treatment Facilities and Capacity Survey: West Midlands Region (May 2007), SLR for WMRA   

West Midlands RSS Phase 2 Revision Preferred Option – Waste Background Paper (December 2007), WMRA

Waste Planning Study (Atkins, 2009), (available to download below).

 

Minerals

Minerals Background Paper (available to download below)

A Survey of Current Mineral Reserves in the Black Country (Scott Wilson March 2007) (available to download below)

Black Country Mineral Study 2008 (RPS March 2008) (available to download below)

Survey of Arisings and Use of CD&EW as Aggregate in England in 2003 (October 2004), Capita Symonds/WRc Ltd 

The Sustainable Use of Resources for the Production of Aggregates in England (2006), WRAP.

Survey of Arisings and Use of Alternatives to Primary Aggregates in England 2005: CD&EW (February 2007), Capita Symonds/ WRc Ltd for CLG

Survey of Arisings and Use of Alternatives to Primary Aggregates in England 2005: Other Materials (February 2007), Capita Symonds/ WRc Ltd for CLG

West Midlands Regional Aggregates Working Party Annual Report 2005 (2008), WMRAWP

UK Minerals Yearbook 2006 (2007), BGS 

A Guide to Mineral Safeguarding in England (October 2007), BGS and CLG

 

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal Report of the Black Country Study- (Entec March 2006)

SA Report Annex A- Scoping Report

SA Report Annex B- 1st Sustainability Report

SA Report Annex C- Potential Directions of Change SA Report (October 2005)

SA Report Annex D- RSS Appraisal Report (March 2006)

SA Report Annex E- 2nd BCS Appraisal Report (2006)

Summary Leaflet: An Independent Sustainability Appraisal (May 2006)

The Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Publication Document of the  Core Strategy for the Black Country and details of this are available to download in PDF format from the list below.

 

Infrastructure and Viability

Infrastructure and Deliverability Study (Mott MacDonald, November 2009), (available to download below).

Sample Sites Viability Study (Mott MacDonald/GVA Grimley, October 2009), (available to download below).

 

Diversity

Diversity and the Black Country Study -The Need for a Diversity Strategy - (Gurbux Singh March 2006)