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New Evidence Base to inform the Review

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'.

From here you can access all the emerging evidence that will be used to review the Black Country Core Strategy's aims, objectives and detailed policies.

The emerging Evidence Base is split into a series of four distinct topic areas; you can access each one of these from above. As the review progresses further evidence will be added.

Strategic Evidence

We have now published the ‘Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area Strategic Growth Study (February 2018)’, following agreement by Council Leaders.  This seeks to identify ways forward to respond to an identified shortfall in the provision of new land for new housing to meet the needs of Birmingham as well as to the scale of need emerging from the Black Country.

This is a technical study that will help inform authorities’ plans and it will have to be brought together with the Black Country authorities’ own local evidence for the Core Strategy Review.

The Study can be found in the Housing Section. 

Please see a Joint Position Statement attached below on behalf of the Leaders of the 14 Local Authorities which jointly commissioned this Study.

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