LDF supplementary planning documents

Supplementary planning documents


SPDs are used to help us make decisions on planning applications and to explain how policies in our Local Plans will be applied.

Black Country Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

This SPD sets out guidance for addressing air quality issues, especially as a result of transport emissions. It is aimed at all those involved in the submission and determination of planning applications where air quality needs to be considered. The SPD was adopted by Walsall Council’s Cabinet on the 8th February 2017.

Air quality is not limited to local authority boundaries and the effects of development can have impacts across wide areas. This joint SPD has been developed to cover the four local authority areas (Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton, as well as Walsall) to enable a consistent approach to air quality across the Black Country. All four authorities have declared the whole of their areas as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in respect of levels of nitrogen dioxide, primarily associated with vehicle emissions.

The adopted SPD can be accessed by viewing the link below:

Consultation on the draft AAP was undertaken between 29th February and the 25th April 2016. The Consultation Statement below provides further details on the consultation undertaken and the responses received. The Adoption Statement is also available to view below.

There is an obligation on local planning authorities to address the requirements in respect of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for any land use plan or programme“which sets the framework for future development consent of projects”. The Screening Statement can be accessed by viewing the link below:

For more information email pollutioncontrol@walsall.gov.uk or telephone 01922 658040

Shop Front Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The SPD was adopted by Walsall Council at its Cabinet meeting on the 29 April 2015.  

The SPD forms part of a suite of planning policy documents that support the Development Plan.  In this instance it provides greater detail to Policies ENV32 (Design and development Proposals) and ENV35 (Appearance of Commercial Buildings) of the Unitary Development Plan.  The SPD looks to improve the standard of shop fronts within the borough including the quality of advertisements, lighting, security and overall design.

The adopted SPD can be accessed by viewing the link below:

Consultation was undertaken between 15th September 2014 and 31st October 2014.  The adoption statement and consultation details are included in the main SPD.  The draft documents were screened under the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations. The Council’s Screening Statement and Determination on Strategic Environmental Assessment can be viewed by following the links below:

Revision of Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The consultation which took place between Monday 16th September and Monday 28th October 2013, has now closed.  Thank you to everyone that responded to the consultation..  

We are not proceeding with this revision at the present time. The existing version will continue to be used.  You can view this existing version further down this page below.

The draft revised document was screened under the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations. The Council’s Screening Statement and Determination on Strategic Environmental Assessment can be viewed by following the links below:

Thank you for taking the time to engage in the consultation. For any further information, please contact Walsall Council’s planning policy team on 01922 658020 or PlanningPolicy@walsall.gov.uk

Revised Designing Walsall and Natural Environment SPDs

Revised versions of two of Walsall Council’s Supplementary Planning Documents – the Designing Walsall SPD and Conserving Walsall’s Natural Environment SPD – were adopted by the Council on 24 July 2013.

The updated Conserving Walsall’s Natural Environment SPD can be accessed by viewing the links below:

Please Note: this is the ‘word document’ version of the SPD that was reported to Walsall Council’s Cabinet on 24 July 2013. A final print version of this SPD, including maps and images, will be uploaded to this webpage shortly.

The updated Designing Walsall SPD has been broken down into the necessary sections and provided below:

The adoption statement for these SPDs can be viewed here:

The revisions to both of these SPDs were consulted on for six weeks from 11 February 2013 to 25 March 2013. The consultation statement for this process, including a record of all responses received by the Council, can be viewed here:

Revoked Education and Healthcare SPD

The Education SPD adopted in February 2007 and the Healthcare SPD adopted in January 2007 have both been revoked by the Secretary of State in February 2012 as set out in the letter in the link below:

Currently (March 2012) the council has adopted the following Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs):   

Other Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents

Open space, sport and recreation SPD

The council adopted an SPD concerned with contributions from housing developments to provide, improve or maintain open spaces on 12 April 2006.

Waterfront SPD

The council adopted an SPD to provide design and development guidance for Walsall Waterfront on 8 November 2006.

Affordable Housing SPD

Affordable Housing is required on all new developments of 15 homes or over. This housing is guided by the councils SPD For Affordable Housing, which has been revised to provide more larger affordable social rented properties. The council adopted the revised SPD on 16 April 2008. Consultation on the revised SPD starts Monday 16 September 2013 and ends on Monday 28 October 2013 (see top of page for more information).

For further information please contact Neil Hollyhead on 01922 655411.

Shop Front Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The SPD was adopted by Walsall Council at its Cabinet meeting on the 29 April 2015.  

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This page was last updated on 01 March 2017