Dudley Council’s Brierley Hill Area Action Plan, which will help steer investment into the town and shape future planning applications through th 2026, has now won the approval of the Secretary of State.
The 15-year plan sets out proposals for nearly 3,000 new homes and 65,000 square metres of extra retail space in the town centre.
It also promotes the development of office space in the area and includes proposals to integrate it with a new improved public transport system.
Councillor Les Jones, Dudley’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “This is a huge step in the right direction to seeing our vision for Brierley Hill come to fruition.
“We are very excited about the action plan as it is essentially a £1.5 billion investment plan for the area. It will guide future investment and help determine planning applications in the Brierley Hill area over the next 15 years.
“These ambitious development plans will create new homes, shops and office space in Brierley Hill and will also ensure a strong environmental link to development by opening up and providing green spaces in the area.
“Now that the plan has been approved we will look to adopt it formally through the council’s cabinet and full council meetings in June.”
The plan went out to the public before going to the Planning Inspectorate in December.
It will now form part of the council’s development plans.
Meanwhile area action plans for Stourbridge and Halesowen are currently being developed by the council’s planning policy team.