PLANS to hold a six-week consultation on a new design guide for Brierley Hill to help shape the area’s future look are due to be approved on Wednesday March 14).

Dudley Council’s cabinet has been recommended to back a proposal to hold a consultation from Monday March 19 to May 20 in response to the council’s draft Design in Brierley Hill Town Centre supplementary planning document - which forms part of the newly-adopted Brierley Hill Area Action Plan.

Development in the town is guided firstly by the adopted Brierley Hill Area Action Plan, which sets out the vision for the future and guides the location, use, design and infrastructure requirements of any new development.

But the additional planning document aims to encourage a high standard of design for new developments happening under the framework of the area action plan. It will also influence any new retail development in Brierley Hill High Street, as well as streets, public spaces, green spaces and public transport hubs up to 2026.

To view the plan go to then click ‘planning policy’’, then ‘Local Development Framework’ then ‘Design in Brierley Hill Town Centre SPD’.

Paper copies can be viewed at the borough’s main libraries or at council offices at 3 St James’s Road, Dudley, and Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, during the six-week consultation.