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Blackbrook Valley Local Development Order (LDO)

Consultation on the Blackbrook Valley Local Development Order (LDO)

The draft Blackbrook Valley LDO was approved by Cabinet on the 26 October 2017 to go forward for consultation.

A summary of the draft LDO is shown below (see attachment at the end of this page to view the full draft document).

You are invited to comment on the content of the LDO as well as the area it covers by:-

  • e-mailing localplan@dudley.gov.uk

  • writing to Planning Policy, Planning Services, Dudley Council, Council House, Priory Road, Dudley DY1 IHF


The consultation period runs from Friday 3 November 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017

The Blackbrook Valley area and the purpose of the LDO

Sites within the Blackbrook Valley are part of DY5 Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone (DY5 EZ) and qualify for DY5 EZ benefits, including up to £55,000 business rate relief over a five year period. 

The aim of the DY5 EZ is very much around regenerating existing office accommodation at the Waterfront and satellite industrial sites in the surrounding area, a number of which are within the Blackbrook Valley

With DY5 EZ incentives and a simplified planning process, the purpose of the draft LDO is to enable industrial development to come forward more easily, without the need for planning permission, providing it meets certain criteria.

The Blackbrook Valley has the opportunity to expand into a new high value manufacturing hub, facilitated by the proposed new metro line which will bring significant benefits to the area.

The draft LDO proposes:

  • The criteria a proposal needs to meet to be considered under the LDO process

  • Sets out what information the council requires for making an LDO application, and

  • Lists the conditions which would be attached if the proposal is approved under the LDO process 

The Blackbrook Valley area, which is the subject of this draft LDO is shown within the attached PDF document.

Applying for an LDO

An LDO Compliance Application Form (LDO-CAF) will need to be completed and submitted to the council along with the fee of £385 (subject to change).  The council will determine the outcome of the application within 28 dates of it being submitted. Further details on how to apply through this LDO process can be found within Section 6 of the draft document.

Lifetime of the LDO

It is recommended that the LDO will be in operation for a 10 year period, from 2018 to 2028.

To find out more about the DY5 EZ benefits visit DY5 Enterprise Zone.


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