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Publication Stage

 

Publication of the Black Country Core Strategy

 

What Stage are we at Now?

 

The Core Strategy has been developed through a comprehensive and inclusive process which began with the preparation of the Black Country Study and the RSS Phase 1 Revision, adopted in 2008.  Throughout this process there have been opportunities to integrate the emerging Core Strategy with emerging Sustainable Communities Strategies, culminating in the publication of the Core Strategy in November 2009

 

Details of previous consultations can be found at the link below.

 

 

The Core Strategy is a ‘spatial planning document’ which will guide the transformation and regeneration of the Black Country by promoting economic growth through improving the quality of employment land and aiding the delivery of a broad mix of new homes between now and 2026, supported by new shops, offices, leisure, transport and environmental improvements. It will affect all areas in the Black Country and at the heart of the strategy is a series of ‘regeneration corridors’ and ‘strategic centres’ where change will be focussed. 

 

Consultation on Publication document

 

Representations were invited on the “soundness” of the plan between 30th November 2009 and 15th January 2010. The Local Authorities have considered the representations received on the document and determined the changes that need to be made when the Core Strategy is submitted to the Secretary of State.

 

Submission of Core Strategy

 

The Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State on 26th February 2010. This was accompanied by a List of Proposed Changes, the List of Evidence, the Consultation Report 2006-2009 and the Consultation Statement February 2010. These documents can be downloaded below.

 

Please note: in the Consultation Statement (February 2010) Appendix 2 'List of Respondents' Respondent ID31 should read "West Midlands Metropolitan Area Canals Partnership".

 

These documents are also available to inspect at the following venues during normal office hours.

 

Dudley: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm) at:

 

  1. Dudley MBC, 3 St. James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ

  2. Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, DY8 2AA

  3. All main public libraries in the Dudley Borough (opening times may vary)

  4. Dudley Council Plus, 259 Castle Street, Dudley, DY1 1LQ (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 9am-12pm)

 

Sandwell: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm and Friday 8:30am to 5pm) at:

           

  1. Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DE; and

  2. The offices of the Head of Spatial Planning, Development House, Lombard Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8RU

  3. All main public libraries in the Sandwell Borough (opening times may vary)

 

Walsall: (Monday to Thursday 8:45am-5:15pm and Friday 8:45am to 4:45pm) at:

 

  1. The First Stop Shop, Walsall Council, The Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall

  2. All public libraries in the Walsall Borough (opening times may vary)

 

Wolverhampton: (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm) at:

 

  1. Wolverhampton City Council, Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

  2. All public libraries in Wolverhampton (opening times may vary)

 

Track Changes Version following EiP - August 2010

 

An Examination in Public was held between 13 July 2010 and 27 July 2010. Following the hearings, the Black Country Councils have prepared Further Proposed Changes to the Submitted Core Strategy and have submitted these to the Inspectors for consideration. These Further Proposed Changes are available on the Examination page. A version of the Core Strategy Submission Document and Appendices incorporating these Further Proposed Changes as track changes can be downloaded below.

 

Timetable

 

The timetable for the production of the final Black Country Core Strategy is as follows:

 

26th February 2010

Submit Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for Examination

 

July 2010

Independent examination of Submission Core Strategy

 

March 2011

Adoption and publication of Core Strategy

 

The Inspectors Report is anticipated to be published in October 2010.

 

The Consultation period ran from 30th November 2009 – 15th January 2010.

 

The four Black Country authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) sought comments on the Publication Core Strategy (Regulation 27 of The Town & Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004 as amended). The local authorities consider this Core Strategy to be ‘sound’ – i.e. that it is justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

 

The Core Strategy is a ‘spatial planning document’ which will guide the transformation and regeneration of the Black Country by promoting economic growth through improving the quality of employment land and aiding the delivery of a broad mix of new homes between now and 2026, supported by new shops, offices, leisure, transport and environmental improvements. It will affect all areas in the Black Country and at the heart of the strategy is a series of ‘regeneration corridors’ and ‘strategic centres’ where change will be focused. 

 

Copies of all the Publication documents are available for download below. The evidence, Sustainability Appraisal and consultation  used to inform the production of this document are available elsewhere on this website.

 

Representations

 

Before the Core Strategy is submitted to the Secretary of State, representations were invited on the soundness of the document. These will assist the Local Authorities in determining whether any changes need to be made before the document is submitted and will be considered by a Planning Inspector at public examination. .

 

A representation form was prepared to assist people in commenting on the Publication document. All of the Black Country Core Strategy Publication documents are available to download below, and were also made available during normal office hours at the following offices:

 

  • Dudley: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm):

 

  1. Dudley MBC, 3 St. James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ

  2. All main public libraries in the Dudley Borough (opening times may vary)

 

  • Sandwell: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm and Friday 8:30am to 5pm):

                       

  1. Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DE; and

  2. Offices of the Spatial Planning Division, Development House, Lombard Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8RU

  3. All main public libraries in the Sandwell Borough (opening times may vary)

 

  • Walsall: (Monday to Thursday 8:45am-5:15pm and Friday 8:45am to 4:45pm):

 

  1. The First Stop Shop, Walsall Council, The Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall

  2. All public libraries in the Walsall Borough (opening times may vary)

 

  • Wolverhampton: (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm):

 

  1. Wolverhampton City Council, Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH

  2. All public libraries in Wolverhampton (opening times may vary)

 

Comments on the Core Strategy could have been made by:

 

Online: http://www.blackcountrycorestrategy2009.co.uk/ 

Email: blackcountrycorestrategy@dudley.gov.uk

 

Post: 

Black Country Consultation Team,

Ubiqus, Cliffords Inn,

Fetter Lane,

London, EC4A 1LD

 

The four Local Authorities encouraged the use of the online form to submit comments. Please note that all representations will be processed through Ubiqus on behalf of the four local authorities. 

 

At this stage of the Core Strategy we are only able to accept representations about whether the document is ’sound’. The tests of ’soundness’ are set out in law. Further information can be found in Planning Policy Statement 12.

 

The tests of soundness are:

  • The strategy is not justified in that it is not founded on a robust and credible evidence base and/or is not considered the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives
  • It is not effective in that the document is not deliverable, flexible or suitable for monitoring
  • It is not consistent with national policy

 

This was the last opportunity for consultation prior to Examination in Public which it is anticipated will take place in the summer of 2010 – (exact dates to be confirmed).

 

Further information is available from the Black Country local authorities on:

 

Dudley – 01384 814081

Sandwell – 0121 569 4195

Walsall – 01922 652 478

Wolverhampton – 01902 552177