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Dudley Council is inviting local communities to take an active role in planning their neighbourhoods through the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans. So far, no Neighbourhood Plans have been prepared within Dudley Borough.

Dudley Council already gives the opportunity for its communities to comment on the plans and policies of the Dudley Local Plan: more details are available on which consultations are forthcoming by looking at our ‘Local Development scheme’ page.

However, as a community, if you would like to more growth than is being promoted in the Dudley Local Plan, you have the opportunity to get together to form a Neighbourhood Forum, to create your own ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, and through a Neighbourhood Plan, you can then permit the development that you want to see in areas where you most want to see it without the need for planning applications, through Neighbourhood Development Orders.

Neighbourhood Forums

A Neighbourhood Forum must have a membership that includes a minimum of 21 individuals who either -

  • live in the neighbourhood area;

  • work there and/or

  • are elected members for a local authority that includes all or part of the neighbourhood area.

Neighbourhood Plans
  • can be very simple and concise or go into considerable detail;

  • are required to be in line with national planning policy, with the strategic vision for the wider area set by Dudley Council and with other legal requirements;

  • should not be used to promote less development than set out in the Dudley Local Plan.

For further guidance on submitting a Neighbourhood Plan, click on this link:

Contact Details

  • Name Planning Help Desk
  • Address Strategic Planning and Historic Environment, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 01384 814136
  • Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays