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The approach

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Sandwell is already benefiting from major investment in our principal town of West Bromwich and appreciating the prospect of a new £330m hospital, along with new homes in neighbouring Smethwick. There are also other major developments proposed for the Borough such as new housing in Friar Park and a new swimming centre that will be the focal point for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.  We believe, though, there is still room for growth in all sectors to make sure we create a good environment in which to invest, live and work. We are also confident that - with the right approach - we can bring vacant sites back into productive use.

We have forged partnerships with agencies such as West Midlands Combined Authority, Homes England and the Local Enterprise Partnership to continue the momentum of bringing forward sites for major transformational change, with the benefit of funding to accelerate housing delivery and attracting businesses into the area.  We are working with other sectors too, in helping to deliver the necessary infrastructure to support these new developments such as new schools, health centres and leisure facilities.

Whilst considering the future regeneration projects which will help shape the Borough through its physical form, we will also be looking at how we can develop an Inclusive Economy Deal with the people who live, work, invest and visit the Borough.  This will look at how, through regeneration, the council can help through improving skills, new job creation, better environments, education and aim to recycle any spending within the borough.

The Development Ready service was established a few years ago concentrating on delivering pre-application advice and guidance to developers and landowners to assist with bringing forward development on sites in the Borough.  However, on 1st September 2019 Sandwell Council introduced charges for pre-application enquiries for planning applications.  This means that whilst we are still keen to work with developers in transforming sites into profitable enterprises, we now need to review the service we previously offered as part of Development Ready to reflect this new approach.  We will continue to inform any interested parties registered with Development Ready about new opportunities or sites that come forward and can respond to informal enquiries from developers and individuals about the development potential in principle of sites that may arise. However, pre-application advice will now need to be sought via the Development Planning service.

Further information about the Planning Pre-application advice can be found on the pages for  Planning Permission

For further information regarding the services provided by Development Ready email Development_Ready@sandwell.gov.uk