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).
In January 2016, Dudley Council consulted on a final Publication version of the document setting out borough-specific planning policies to guide development decisions and planning approvals as well as providing draft site specific allocations primarily for housing and employment uses up to 2026. The plan can be downloaded at the foot of the page.
Submission and Examination of the Dudley Borough Development Strategy (BDS)
Following consultation which concluded on 22nd February 2016, the Council submitted the Publication document to the Planning Inspectorate on March 11th 2016 along with all relevant evidence and responses received. It will now be subject to examination, lead by a Planning Inspector over the coming months.
The Examination in Public will commence on 17th May 2016 in the Council House, Priory Road, Dudley.
Jameson Bridgwater PGDipTP MRTPI, an independent Planning Inspector, has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination and will determine whether the Plan is “sound” and complies with all legal requirements. He will write a report with his conclusions following the hearing sessions. The examination closes when the final report has been submitted to the Council.
A Programme Officer has now been appointed for the Examination who will draw up a list of all relevant documents, evidence, representations and statements and display them in an Examination Library which will be available to view on this webpage in the ‘Examination’ tab on the left.
The document itself is available for public viewing in paper format during normal office hours at:
Dudley Council reception area at 4 Ednam Road, Dudley DY1 1HL (Monday to Friday 9am to 4:45pm).
Following the Examination, the Council intends to adopt the Borough Development Strategy in autumn 2016.
Proposed Modifications to the Dudley Borough Development Strategy
A table showing the responses received at the Publication Stage of the Borough Development Strategy and the Proposed Modifications as a result can be downloaded immediately below.