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Black Country Core Strategy

The Black Country Core Strategy is a planning and regeneration plan for the whole of the Black Country, which is signed up to by the four Black Country Councils (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton).

The existing Strategy was adopted in 2011 (available to download below) and is now being reviewed to meet the new challenges and opportunities for the coming years, up to 2036.

Black country core strategy review 2016-2036

The review will plan for the area's future development needs and ensure the necessary services are in place to meet these local needs, along with making sure that the necessary level of investment is attracted to create jobs and wealth in the Black Country.

Between 3rd July and 8th September 2017 we consulted on an Issues and Options Report. Thank you to everyone who made comments; these are now being considered and will help to inform the future direction of the review of the Black Country Core Strategy.

New Strategic Evidence for the Black Country Core Strategy Review

We have now published the ‘Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area Strategic Growth Study (February 2018)’, following agreement by Council Leaders across the West Midlands. This seeks to identify ways forward to respond to an identified shortfall in the provision of new land for new housing to meet the needs of Birmingham as well as to the scale of need emerging from the Black Country.

This is a technical study that will help inform local authorities’ plans and it will have to be brought together with the Black Country authorities’ own local evidence for the Core Strategy Review.

The Study can be found in the Housing Section of the Black Country Core Strategy website.

Further information on the review and to make comments please go to the Black Country Core Strategy website.

If you have any queries relating to the Core Strategy, please e-mail us at

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    Strategic Planning and Historic Environment, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL

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