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Black Country Joint Core Strategy, UK

The Black Country Joint Core Strategy will guide the transformation and regeneration of the region until 2026, promoting economic growth by improving the quality of employment land and aiding the delivery of a broad mix of new homes.

Our experts undertook a multidisciplinary approach to determine the impact of the strategy.

We were commissioned by Highways England and the Black Country Consortium to assess current and future performance of the strategy focused on the strategic motorway network in Black Country.

The urban strategy was put in place to build upon work that we had already undertaken for the Black Country Study, which focused on how best to transform the sub region.

The spatial planning documents set out the vision, objectives and the detailed spatial strategy for future development in Black Country up to 2026. It determined that the success of the region relies on the deliverability of the planned development growth and implementation of a strategy ensuring a transport evidence base.

Mott MacDonald took a two stage approach to this project. Initially, we developed a detailed strategy for dealing with wider growth from the core strategy and then modelled each of the motorway junctions on the M5 and M6 that would be impacted. This methodology was then used to review and update the junction models with the latest traffic survey data collected.

Value and benefits

  • We capitalised on skills from several specialist teams including transport planners, traffic engineers and transport modellers to deliver this multi-faceted project.
  • We used our own policy responsive integrated strategy model (PRISM) to test the impacts of various transport and land use planning policies, strategies and projects. Working with Highways England, we delivered a robust assessment of these junctions to identify where performance may be compromised.
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