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Dudley Borough Development Strategy

The Dudley Borough Development Strategy builds on the work carried out for the Black Country Core Strategy which was adopted in 2011. The Black Country Core Strategy identified several Regeneration Corridors within the Borough linking the four main town centres. These centres and corridors contain the majority of areas where growth will be concentrated over the plan period (up to 2026).

Area Action Plans for the four main town centres within the Borough have also been published with Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and Halesowen Area Action Plans already adopted and work in progress on Dudley Town Centre Area Action Plan (due for adoption in 2016).

Following an initial consultation in 2010 (Scoping and Issues), the Borough Development Strategy Preferred Options now provides a draft planning framework for the Regeneration Corridors and other areas outside of the four town centres. It provides site specific allocations for housing and employment uses as well as providing a set of detailed draft planning policies to guide future development identified for the Borough up to 2026. 

The Strategy, once adopted, will replace the policies remaining from the Dudley Unitary Development Plan adopted in 2005.

This particular consultation document (Preferred Options) is in three parts covering the following issues and site allocations and is available below to download.

Part 1 sets out a series of draft planning policies covering strategic matters, land use matters and development management.

Part 2 contains draft site allocations mainly within the Regeneration Corridors for housing and employment uses.

Part 3 is made up of a Map Book in eight parts below focusing on detailed map changes particularly in the District Centres and Local Centres in the Borough as well as seven Borough-wide thematic maps.

The document is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal Report as well as background evidence on the latest assessment of the housing land supply and a draft employment land review.

The document will be available for public consultation for 9 weeks from Friday 11th July 2014 until Friday 12th September 2014 for you to identify any further issues for inclusion or suggest any additions or changes.

Any responses received will be used, where appropriate, to shape the final stages of the Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State in 2015.

Please email your comments to ldf@dudley.gov.uk or write to us at Planning Policy, Dudley Council, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley  DY1 1HL. Alternatively you can use the attached questionnaire which you can email or post back to us.

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  • Dudley Development Strategy - Policies - July 2014 [pdf / 497KB] This Document, which will be known as The Dudley Borough Development Strategy (BDS), will guide development within the Borough until 2026. It will do this by providing allocations and local planning policies to guide development and give greater certainty to the development process.
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  • Development Strategy Sustainability Appraisal - July 2014 [pdf / 710KB] To ensure that sustainable development is achieved, a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is being undertaken on the DBS. This SA relates to the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) policy emphasis on sustainable development. Paragraph 6 of the NPPF states that "The purpose of the planning system is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development ".
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  • Dudley Council Housing Land Supply Background Paper- July 2014 [pdf / 182KB] The Borough's housing land supply is informed by the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment which assesses the deliverability and developability of sites in the Borough to meet housing need. The Council is required to produce a SHLAA in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, which supports the updating of the housing trajectory and five-year supply of specific deliverable sites.
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  • Strategic Employment Land Review [pdf / 2.62MB] Dudley Council's Strategic Employment Land Review (SELR) has been formulated to provide part of the Evidence Base for the Dudley Borough Development Strategy Development Plan Document (DBS). A primary objective of the DBS is to carry through the policies and proposals of the Black Country Core Strategy (CS): to provide more shape and direction to sub-regional policies, especially by giving them a local/Dudley focus.

Contact Details

  • Name Planning Policy Section, Planning & Environmental Health
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 01384 817215 or 01384 816964