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).
An Examination in Public was held on the 17th May 2016 by an independent Planning Inspector, Jameson Bridgwater PGDip.TP MRTPI, appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination and determine whether the Plan is “sound” and complies with all legal requirements.
Inspector’s Report on the Examination in Public
Following the Examination in Public, the Council proposed some Major Modifications to the Plan which were put forward for consultation (as well as a number of minor changes) in response to representations and issues raised and discussed at the Examination. These changes were deemed to be necessary in order to make the Plan sound.
The Inspector has now issued his Report on the Examination which concluded that the Borough Development Strategy is ‘sound’ and endorsing the Major Modifications made by the Council. The Report and the Major Modifications are available in one document which can be downloaded below. The Council can now proceed towards adoption of the Borough Development Strategy following approval at Full Council on 27th February 2017. The Strategy will then be subject to a (six week) period of legal challenge.
Once adopted, it will replace what remains of the Unitary Development Plan (2005) and provides the Statutory planning framework for the Borough in conjunction with the Black Country Core Strategy and the Area Action Plans for Brierley Hill, Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge.