Birmingham Development Plan consultation

By on 14/11/2012 in Deputy Leader, News

Click on the following link to take part in the consultation: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/plan2031

Birmingham's rapidly expanding population means the city needs to plan for around 80,000 new homes and more than 100,000 new jobs by 2031.

Experts have calculated that the city's current urban area only has enough space for up to 43,000 new dwellings - a shortfall of 30,000 homes. For this reason, the council is now exploring options to release some of the city's Green Belt land for housing development.

It is also considering options for a new site for economic development of at least 50-hectares on Green Belt land to bring new investment and jobs to the city. This is because there is a shortage of land available for economic development in the city's urban area.

These Green Belt considerations come as a direct result of the latest Census figures which indicate that Birmingham's population grew by 88,000 to 1.074 million between 2001 and 2011 - a growth 40,000 higher than earlier estimates. The total population is predicted to grow by up to 150,000 to more than 1.2 million in the next 20 years.

The new Birmingham Development Plan is proposing to consider options in four Green Belt areas to the north and east of Sutton Coldfield. These areas are:

  • Hill Wood, east of Watford Gap, north of Mere Green/Roughley
  • land west of the M6 Toll, east of Roughley and Whitehouse Common
  • land west of Sutton Coldfield Bypass(A38), near Walmley
  • land east of Sutton Coldfield Bypass(A38), also near Walmley

It is estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 new homes could be built in the Green Belt, along with the potential for a new 50-hectare site for economic development.

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We need to create a city fit for a growing, successful population.

“The latest official figures tell us that Birmingham's population has grown faster than previously thought, and that it will grow substantially again by 2031. As a result, we have developed a number of options for new housing and economic developments.

“There is simply not enough room left in Birmingham's urban areas for this growth, and so potential Green Belt options have to be explored.

“These are carefully laid out in the new Birmingham Development Plan's Options Consultation document. It is important to stress that no preferred option has been identified at this stage, and there is no intention that all of the options should be developed. But we need to understand that there are some difficult issues that need to be addressed.

“We cannot ignore the growth in population and the related increase in housing and employment needs, because to do so would be a failure that could easily be challenged by developers. And to do so would lead to more overcrowding, increased poor health and further deprivation.

“Instead, we want a robust plan that will meet future housing needs and at the same time will diversify and strengthen the city's economic base.

“The plans will now be put out for public consultation. All views expressed and comments made will be assessed and will help us to define which option, or combination of options, if any, are selected.”

Click on the following link to take part in the consultation: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/plan2031

You have until 14 January 2013 to let us know what you think about the different options.

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