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The Dudley Local Plan 2041

Dudley Council is in the process of preparing a new local plan for the borough and is looking for residents, community groups and businesses to help. Every local council has a legal duty to make and adopt a local plan for its area. The local plan sets out a number of different policies and proposals that will help guide development and land use for at least 15 years and will be used to make decisions on planning applications during that time. 

The Dudley Local Plan Review is now at its draft plan stage (Regulation 18).  The draft Plan sets out the council’s vision for the borough, priorities for the plan, preferred policies and proposed housing and employment sites. 

Key priorities and objectives for the draft Plan include:

  • tackling climate change
  • maximising inward investment and employment opportunities
  • providing a mix of housing and affordable homes for all
  • improving health, wellbeing and tackling health inequalities
  • protection and enhancement of our green and natural environment
  • delivering regeneration, renewal and stronger communities.

Take part in Dudley's Draft Local Plan consultation

The Council is now consulting on the Draft Plan and this is your opportunity to have your say on proposals around climate change; supporting our borough’s towns and local centres; employment and new homes across the borough up until 2041.

You can view the full draft local plan document and submit your comments using the online consultation portal.

You can view our interactive map here.

What is a local plan?

A Local Plan sets out a vision and a framework for the future development of an area. It helps to set the land use planning policies in areas, such as, adapting to climate change, protection of green and natural environment, types of homes that are needed, what infrastructure is needed to support development, how developments should be designed and the protection of the historic environment.

Local Plans are central to the planning system and provide development management policies that all planning decisions are to be measured against.

Local Plans also help set out where new housing and employment development will be brought forward in an area. This is important as a plan led approach helps protect areas from unwanted speculative development and provides a longer-term view for planning for education, transport, health and utilities infrastructure.

The Draft Dudley Local Plan will be the new Development Plan for the borough. It is central to delivering plan led growth and is the starting point for assessing planning applications in the borough.

Why are the Council reviewing the Local Plan?

All Local Planning Authorities are required by Government to review the local plans every 5 years following adoption under The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. The purpose of a review is to take account of changing circumstances affecting the area, as well as any relevant changes in national policy.

Plan making process

There are a number of different stages involved in the preparation of a Local Plan, with the key stages outlined below.




Draft Plan (Reg 18)

Public consultation on the Council’s proposed draft plan which includes detailed policies and allocations and a draft Sustainability Appraisal Report (SA)


Autumn 2023

Publication Plan (Reg 19)

Sets out the final Local Plan for submission to the Secretary of State (SoS)/Government 

Public consultation on legal compliance and ‘soundness’ 

Final draft SA Report


Autumn 2024

Submission Plan


Local Plan submitted to Government (Planning Inspectorate) with all the comments received during the Publication Plan consultation 

Final SA Report


Spring/Summer 2025


Independent Examination carried out in public by a Planning Inspector


Mid/late 2025


Council formally adopts Local Plan 

SA Adoption Statement


Early 2026

Dudley Local Plan Privacy Notice

The Privacy Notice relating to the Dudley Local Plan can be found here.

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