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 was then submitted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in March 2016.
Examination and Proposed Major Modifications
An Examination-in-Public was held on the 17th May 2016 by an independent Planning Inspector, Jameson Bridgwater PGDipTP MRTPI, appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination and determine whether the Plan is “sound” and complies with all legal requirements. Full details can be found on the link on the left.
As a result, some major changes to the Plan were put forward as well as a number of minor changes. These are presented in a Table of Proposed Major Modifications which can be found below. These changes were used as a basis for a 6-week consultation period which ran from Friday 1st July to Friday 12th August 2016.
These were major changes which have been made in response to representations and issues raised and discussed at the Examination in Public and were deemed to be necessary in order to make the Plan sound. Minor amendments were also included at the end of the table to update text or clarify points which arose during the Examination. A Sustainability Appraisal Addendum Report was also prepared to take account of the Major Modifications which is also available below.
The consultation period has now ended and the representations received have been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. It is anticipated that the Planning Inspector will issue an Examination Report during September 2016.
The Table of Proposed Major Modifications and a ‘track changes’ version of the Publication Document are available for download below.