For the borough to move towards a more sustainable environment, it is imperative that it is planned in a way which promotes sustainable development and meets the needs of its residents in providing for homes, infrastructure for new business, local services and leisure facilities. The Dudley Unitary Development Plan is the statutory land use plan for the borough which sets the planning framework up to 2001. Planning applications for development are assessed in accordance with this framework. All applications are locally publicised. and specialist agencies are consulted for their views.
Through working with its many partners, the council is committed to contributing to the economic vitality of the borough. Effective partnerships are encouraged between schools, further and higher education, the careers service, and encouraging employees to improve the skills and confidence of people in order to take advantage of employment opportunities and to safeguard employment opportunities. The Borough's four local action centres provide a local focus for this process. It is also essential to provide an attractive and sustainable environment both internally and externally to business premises to minimise environmental damage and improve the well being of employees and communities.
The council aims to: