Black Patch draft interim planning statement and masterplan

A draft interim planning statement and masterplan has been prepared for the Black Patch area in Smethwick.

The vision for this area is to re-establish itself as a residential community surrounding an improved central park with the necessary infrastructure in place to support the residents.

The development of new houses will introduce a new community and vibrancy to the area, increased activity may improve community cohesiveness, and more natural surveillance will increase safety and security. 

There will be an overall improvement in the environmental quality of the area.

However, the current adopted plan allocates sites within the Black Patch area for employment uses, open space or in the case of the allotments, the land is unallocated.  Any proposals for housing would not conform to the statutory plan - the Site Allocations and Delivery DPD (SAD DPD) and therefore are likely to be refused. The SAD DPD has only recently commenced its review and it may be some time before it is adopted.

Therefore the aim is to put into place an Interim Planning Statement that will be treated as a material consideration for any future proposals put forward for this area, and enable development to be progressed within the context for the future vision for Black Patch. 

Consultation will therefore be undertaken on the Draft Interim Planning Statement and Masterplan during Summer 2018.  Comments will be welcomed on the proposal to alter the land use allocations for these sites in the interim period until such time as the review of the statutory land use plan has taken place.

Consultation runs until 17 September 2018.

Download the Black Patch draft interim planning statement and masterplan

If you wish to make any comments, you may do so by downloading a representation form and emailing your comments to or by sending them by post to;

Growth and Spatial Planning
Directorate of Regeneration and Growth
Sandwell Council
Council House
B69 3DE

Comments should reach the council by 5pm on 17 September 2018. 

A copy of the Draft Interim Planning Statement is also available to view at Smethwick Council House and Smethwick Library. 

Public consultation events are happening at:

  • Site at Avery Road/Foundry Lane, Smethwick, B66 2LR - Saturday 1 September 2018 – 1-4pm
  • Newbigin House, 28 Handsworth New Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, B18 4PT. - Thursday 6 September 2018 – 4.30-8pm

For further information please contact or call 0121 569 4055.

The information provided will only be used for the purposes of registering your comments regarding the Black Patch Draft Interim Planning Statement and Masterplan.  It will not be passed on to any third party or be used for any other purpose.  The details provided will be removed once the plan has been through the relative process and a decision made.  Alternatively, you may contact us at ldf_planning and request your details be removed.