How to submit comments

You can submit your comments/representations to the Draft Black Country Plan 2039 (Regulation 18) Consultation in the following ways:

  1. Submitting via the Online Consultation Portal
  2. Submitting via the Comments form (either by email or post)
  3. Submitting a joint/group response or petition

Note: Since the consultation began, planning have also suggested that you can write or email in your comments (using the correct site reference number see here). You will also need to include:
. your name, postal and email address, and telephone number
. whether you are a resident or an organisation
. whether you are making a general comment, support, or objection
. which part of the plan your comment refers to: e.g site allocation number, site name, paragraph number, page number, title of document

Comments sent in via email or letter will be included in the formal responses. Contact addresses for the consultation are listed on our Help and Assistance page. However, we recommend you use either the Portal or a Comment form if possible, as follows:


1. Submitting via the Online Consultation Portal:

This method is best for:
. those with computer access
. those who wish to comment on multiple sites or policies

How to comment:
. go to the Online Consultation Portal
. open the (large) file ‘Draft Black Country Plan
. use the linked contents to jump to the site (or policy) you wish to comment on
. click on the blue icon next to the title of the site (or policy) you wish to comment on
. a dialogue box will pop up for you to login/create account if you haven’t already done so
. submit your comment, having indicated whether you support or object to the policy you are commenting on.
Notes: you can comment on as many policies or sites as you like.
You can read the document without logging in


2. Submitting via the Comments Form

This method is best for:
. those without computer access (copies can be printed out, or further copies requested from Planning, contact details are on this page)
. those who only want to comment on a small number of sites (or policies) (you will need the Site Reference number see this page)

How to comment:
. Go to the BCP ‘How to Comment‘ Page
. click on the PDF entitled ‘BCP Comments Form‘, and:
. either download the writable form, complete it on computer, and email it to the address given (note: this is not possible on mobile phones)
. or print out the form, complete it by hand, and post it to the address given

You will need to complete the following Sections:
Section 1Your details (‘job title’ ‘organisation’ etc. not needed if responding as a local resident)
Note: your contact details must be given, but only your name will be published

Section 2 – Your representation/comments, detailing:
. the reference number for the site you are commenting on (or the title and part of document, paragraph number if commenting on a policy)
. whether your comment is ‘general’ ‘support’ or ‘objection’
Notes: You can comment on multiple sites using one form, however note that if you are objecting to one site, and supporting another you will need to complete separate forms as there is only one tickbox to indicate whether you are supporting or objecting to a site/policy
You can add additional sheets if necessary (make sure they have your name and details on them)
Further copies of the form can be obtained from the planning department – contact details are on this page.

Section 3 – Declaration
. sign and date the form by typing/writing in your name (an electronic signature is not necessary)
. complete the tick box if you don’t want to receive further communication
Note: If you indicate that you don’t want further communication you will NOT be able to take part in the next stage of the consultation (Reg 19) which will take place next year.

Additional copies of the Comments form can be obtained by contacting Planning, see contact details on our Help and assistance page.


3. Submitting a joint/group response or ‘petition’

This method is best for:
. a group of neighbours or a campaign group who share a common view
. people who would find it easier to sign a joint comment/submission

How to comment:
. follow the instructions for Submitting via the Comments form above, but:
. either: attach a single sheet with names and addresses of all supporters (see comments below)
. or complete a Section A and C for each individual supporter
Notes: you may like to print out additional copies, or request them from the Planning department (contact details below)
The following notes and guidance have been published by Dudley planning, however, we strongly advise you to contact the Planning department for confirmation on the process for submitting joint submissions or petitions.

Guidance on the Comments form states:
“It is recommended that groups that share a common view send a single response rather than multiple copies of the same response. Please attach a list of the contact details of each person who supports the comments, including their names and addresses.”

Alternatively, consider a Petition:
The guidance here says:
“It is recommended that groups that share a common view send a single response rather than multiple copies of the same response. The contact details of each person who supports the comments, including their signatures, names and addresses can then be attached to the single response. You can post the petition to Black Country Plan, Planning and Regeneration, Dudley MBC, Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HL.”

Note: We would strongly advise you to contact the Planning Department for further guidance on the submission of joint responses, to ensure that they will be taken into account. Their contact details can be found below.


Where to go for further help or assistance

Please see our Help and Assistance page, which includes contact details for Dudley planning.


Disclaimer, please note: The information on these pages has been compiled by concerned local residents to the best of our ability. We do not have expert planning knowledge. We strongly advise you contact Dudley planning to confirm any information, and for any further help you may require.


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