The Core Strategy will not be produced in isolation. It will need to take into account existing regional and national planning policies and guidance. These include, amongst others, the Government’s Planning Policy Statements, the Regional Spatial Strategy, proposed revisions to the Regional Spatial Strategy in Phase One (as a result of the Black Country Study) and Phases Two and Three, and other local plans and policies.
The Core Strategy will also help deliver the priorities and themes contained within the four Black Country Community Strategies/Plans. These set out the aspirations of the community and other partners so it is important that the Core Strategy’s vision, objectives and strategy links with these.
Existing and emerging policies, including the Black Country Study, already promote a particular direction of change for the Black Country to reverse its decline, attract investment and retain its population. The Core Strategy will need to consider how to take forward such policies and bring them together.
Information on the Black Country Study can be obtained from: www.blackcountryconsortium.co.uk. The Regional Spatial Strategy and the first phase revision (based on the Black Country Study), plus material relating to the emerging second phase revision of the Strategy, can be found at: www.wmra.gov.uk.