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Black Country Joint Core Strategy
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Preferred Options

Wolverhampton City Centre
Based on what people have told us so far through the Issues and Options consultation we have identified a preferred strategy for addressing the key issues facing the Black Country.  The Core Strategy will affect all areas in the Black Country and at the heart of the strategy is a series of ‘regeneration corridors’ where change will be focussed. 
 
The core strategy will affect all areas in the Black Country both inside and outside the corridors. Inside the corridors change will be focussed on delivering new homes and employment. Outside the corridors the focus will be on protecting and enhancing what is good about the Black Country.
 
More information including detailed proposals for the regeneration corridors and the centres of Brierley Hill, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton can be found in the Core Strategy Preferred Options document.

Public Consultation on Preferred Options

People using Wolverhampton's busy Market Square
The four Black Country local authorities sought people's views on this strategy during the consultation period from 17th March 2008 to 28th April 2008.
 
Copies of the Black Country Core Strategy Preferred Options, representation form and supporting documents are available to download below and from the links provided.  The supporting documents include a Sustainability Appraisal of the Preferred Options which is also subject to consultation, feedback from consultation undertaken at previous stages and technical evidence.
 
A summary analysis of the responses recieved to the Black Country Core Strategy Preferred Options is also available below.  You can also search and view the responses recieved in full here.
 
The Black Country Core Strategy Preferred Options and Sustainability Appraisal were also made available to view during the consultation period at normal office hours at the following locations:
 
Dudley: (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm) at:
 
(a)   Dudley MBC, 3 St. James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
(b) All 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) at:
                       
(a)   Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DE; and
(b)   The offices of the Director of Planning and Transportation, Development House, Lombard Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8RU
(c)   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:
 
(a)   The First Stop Shop, Walsall Council, The Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall
(b)   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:
 
(a)   Wolverhampton City Council, Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH
(b)   All public libraries in Wolverhampton (opening times may vary)
 
Comments could have been made on the Core Strategy online, or by completing a representation form (available to download below) and by responding by email to blackcountrycorestrategy@dudley.gov.uk or post to:
 
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. 
 
If you have made comments please let us know if you want to be notified when the Black Country Core Strategy is adopted and include your details so we can contact you. 
 
Details of local consultation events that were undertaken are available here.
 
Further information is available by contacting the Black Country local authorities at:
 
Dudley – 01384 816967
Sandwell – 0121 569 4033
Walsall – 01922 554 007
Wolverhampton 01902 552177