Birmingham Development Plan for sustainable growth

By on 15/10/2013 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, Deputy Leader, News

The pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan, which sets out a strategy for sustainable growth across the city for the next 18 years, is due to be discussed at cabinet on Monday 21 October.

The BDP includes proposals for how and where new homes, jobs, services and infrastructure will be delivered and the type of places and environments that will be created. It plans for significant levels of housing, employment, office and retail development to meet the needs of the city's growing population.

An additional 51,100 new homes are planned for mostly Brown Field land, though 6,000 of these will form a housing development extending into the Green Belt west of the A38 by Walmley and Falcon Lodge. The city will also need to provide for additional jobs and a range of employment sites and opportunities are identified including an 80 hectare employment site at Peddimore.

In supporting the future sustainable growth the BDP sets out proposals for infrastructure and a focus on enhancing connectivity. This includes ensuring easy movement within the city and the provision of high quality transport links to the rest of the country and beyond.

Deputy leader of Birmingham City Council Ian Ward said: “Our expanding population means that we need to provide around 80,000 new homes by 2031 and our urban area does not have enough space. If we don't explore other options we will have a shortfall of 30,000 homes.

“We have consulted extensively and I understand the reservations expressed by many people regarding the removal of land from the Green Belt for development. However, doing nothing is simply not an option. This is a clear problem that has to be addressed and there are limits to what we can do in the heart of the city.”

The new housing development will include 35 per cent social housing, supporting facilities such as schools and health facilities and open space

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “It is vital that we support the economic growth of the city, which means not only providing new homes but allocating land for industrial and business development. If we don't deal with future housing and employment needs now the problem will only escalate, leading to overcrowding and consequent poor health, worklessness and deprivation.

“Our Housing Growth Plan will complement the Development Plan, using Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust to drive through private sector investment to help us keep pace with the growing demand for housing.”

The BDP will be discussed at Cabinet with a resolution to go to full Council in December where the decision will be made to progress to formal public consultation prior to the submission to the Secretary of State.

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