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Issues & Options Consultation

Issues & Options consultation feedback

During summer 2017, an Issues and Options consultation formed the first phase of the formal review of the Black Country Core Strategy. 

Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils worked together to find out what local people thought about proposals to develop and improve the black country to meet future needs up to 2036.

The ten week consultation ran from July 3 to September 8 2017. 

Around 1,500 formal responses, 150 site submissions and over 300 social media responses were submitted and the website was viewed over 8,000 times during the consultation.

Publication of responses

To make sure the Core Strategy review is open and transparent; all formal responses to the Issues and Options consultation have now been made available for people to view. 

Personal information has been removed from the data but no other changes have been made to submissions. This raw data is now being analysed by planning teams across the Black Country to help shape the next stage of the review.

Key data and next steps are scheduled to be made available to the public by autumn 2018 as part of phase two consultation – Preferred Options - of the Core Strategy review. 

Accessing the data

The data can be accessed by clicking on the links below, a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) has also been produced to help when viewing the responses.


Call for Sites 

The Call for Sites process focuses on identifying sites to accommodate the housing and employment land needs that feature in the Black Country Core Strategy. All sites submitted during the consultation can be viewed at the link above, these are now being considered as part of the evidence work for the next phase of the strategy’s review. 

Additional sites across the Black Country can still be submitted for consideration for future development. To make a submission, please go to the Call For Sites section of this website.

In order for Call for Sites submissions to be considered through the current review process the closing date is 31st October 2018.


The responses to the consultation are published on this website in a raw data format which have not yet been fully reviewed or considered by officers. The comments are made from individuals and organisations and publication in no way implies that particular views and opinions are condoned or supported by any of the four Black Country councils. 

Once all of the comments have been considered in conjunction with new and emerging evidence, the four Black Country authorities will publish responses to the comments on this website, setting out how they are being considered as part of the review.

The comments made are as a result of a public consultation and have been submitted by members of the public. The council dissociates itself from any comments made of a libelous, discriminatory or otherwise offensive nature, however they have been retained to portray a true and accurate picture of all the comments received.

  • Dudley MBC
  • Sandwell MBC
  • Walsall MBC
  • Wolverhampton City