Welcome to Business Friendly Planning at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which acts as a forum between business and local government has initiated a project to help guide businesses through the planning and development process in the Black Country. Dudley MBC fully endorses this project and has been working on it with the other Local Planning Authorities in the Black Country.
What’s happened so far….
Over 200 business leaders, planning agents and developers have already been approached to take part in an online survey to seek their views on the planning and development process in the Black Country and to welcome suggestions on ways to become more ‘business friendly’. A customer focus group has also been staged to draw out emerging themes from the survey to help shape the new business friendly approach.
The results from the customer engagement work undertaken as part of the review identified that the Black Country authorities were starting from a reasonably good standard in terms of service delivery as customers believed that the planning and development services were either ‘easy’ or ‘very easy’ to access and cited many examples of good practice. The four authorities are working on an improvement action plan and Dudley is committed to continuing its pro-active and positive approach to making further improvements and seeking customer engagement and feedback.
Planning and Development Charter
A set of pledges has been endorsed by the Black Country LEP which were worked up through engagement with our customers (including a voluntary working group consisting of customers/partners) and sets out how Dudley MBC will implement the business friendly approach.
The pledges form the basis for the Black Country Planning and Development Charter.
Some of what’s to come….
- A guidance note will be prepared to assist customers on the end to end planning and development process along with reviewing our web-pages to provide effective signposting to our services. This is due to take place later in the year.
- A single local validation checklist is being developed for the Black Country to help customers in submitting the required information alongside planning applications to the four Local Planning Authorities. Consultations on the checklist are due to take place later this year.
- Black Country business customer forums are planned to be held jointly by the four Local Planning Authorities on an annual basis and dates and venues will be confirmed later in the year.
To find out more please visit www.the-blackcountry.com site.