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Planning policy

Strategic planning and research along with local plans provides the planning policy framework for Sandwell and the six towns within.  It also set out the general policies which application for development will be judged against.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the Council's programme for producing local planning documents. It explains the role of the LDS and maps out the time period for producing local development documents.

Local Plan

The Local Plan for Sandwell is made up of the following documents:


The Black Country Plan 2039

Published Wednesday, 19th October 2022

A joint statement of the Leaders of Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Walsall Council, City of Wolverhampton.

"The four Local Planning authorities in the Black Country have been working together on a joint plan for the area to 2039.  It is with regret that we are unable to reach agreement on the approach to planning for future development needs within the framework of the Black Country Plan."

"Local Plans for the four Black Country Councils will now provide the framework for the long-term planning of Black Country.  The Black Country Plan 2039 work programme will end and we will now transition to a process focused on Local Plans.  The issues of housing and employment land need will now be addressed through individual Local Plans for each of the authorities.  The Councils will co-operate with each other and with other key bodies as they prepare their Local Plans".

Greater Birmingham and Black Country Housing Market Area

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.

A 'position statement' and the Study itself can be found in the Housing Section of the Black Country Core Strategy website.

Further evidence for the Black Country Plan can be found here:

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Sandwell MBC intends to implement a CIL Charging Schedule with effect from 1st April 2015, subject to approval by Council on 3rd March 2015.  In that event, a formal notice will be published shortly after that date to confirm the CIL.  The Charging Schedule can be viewed alongside all associated documentation on our Community Infrastructure Levy web page.

Joint Validation Checklist 'Guide to Submitting a Planning Application'

The Black Country planning authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) have produced a Joint Validation Checklist that will provide an up to date guide to submitting planning applications across the whole of the Black Country.

You can view and download the checklist below.

Validation checklist guide to submitting a planning application

First Homes

Please be advised that with immediate effect the Council will be implementing the requirement for First Homes as per the NPPF, for further information please see Black Country Authorities First Homes Interim Position Statement.

The Black Country planning authorities have been working together with business leaders, planning agents, developers and partners to deliver a 'Business Friendly' planning service as promoted by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Because of the overlapping requirements of the Black Country Core Strategy (set out the vision, objectives and strategy for future development in the Black Country up to 2026 and beyond), the LEP endorsed the approach to developing a joint validation checklist for the Black Country to help customers in submitting the required information alongside planning applications to the four local planning authorities.

Should you require further information please contact 0121 569 4055 or email

Important changes

Changes to the Development Plan

The Black Country Core Strategy was adopted on 3 February 2011 and now forms the basis of the Sandwell's Local Development Framework.

The Core Strategy and its appendices are available to download at Black Country Core Strategy. The supporting sustainability and adoption statement are also available.

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