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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Development Plan - The Plan So Far … and Next Steps

Birmingham Development Plan


The Birmingham Development Plan is a major policy review. It will set the vision and objectives for the future of the city and will be a city-wide spatial strategy. Once completed it will replace the majority of the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) for Birmingham 2005. The Plan will provide the statutory framework for new development in Birmingham and it has to be prepared in line with a statutory process.

This process was launched in February 2007, with an event that gave the opportunity to identify key priorities, issues and options for what was then known as the draft Core Strategy.


Issues and Options 2008/9

The first formal stage was to prepare an Issues and Options Paper to seek views on the key issues and choices to determine the direction of development over the next 20 years. It set out the current spatial profile of the City, a vision and key issues and objectives for the growth of Birmingham.

Three spatial options were suggested, providing alternative scenarios as a starting point. One option continued to promote growth at current levels. A second option concentrated upon significant housing redevelopment in the East and West of Birmingham in the form of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods and enabled more housing growth without building in the Green Belt. A third option enabled more housing growth by expanding the urban area in either the North/North East and/or South of the city. This third option did involve development in the Green Belt.

Here is the Issues and Options Paper, together with a summary and sustainability appraisals carried out at the time.

In the autumn of 2008 we undertook a major consultation exercise on the issues and options. The outcome of this is summarised below.


Consultation Draft - Core Strategy 2010/11

The responses helped to formulate the policies and proposals included in the Consultation Draft, on which we consulted in early 2011. The Consultation Draft and associated documents of the time are below, along with the summary of responses we received.

The levels of housing and employment growth proposed in this draft were based on those proposed for Birmingham in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase 2 Revision (now revoked).


Planning for Birmingham's Growing Population - Options Consultation Stage 2012/13

Subsequently, the Regional Spatial Strategy was revoked and the Government introduced the National Planning Policy Framework which requires Councils to plan to meet the 'objectively assessed need' for new housing and employment. In addition, more recent population projections indicated the our population was expected to grow more rapidly than had previously been expected.

We therefore decided to undertake further consultation on alternative ways to provide for higher levels of housing and employment growth, including options for development in the Green Belt.

This consultation began in November 2012. The consultation documents are below.


Pre-Submission Plan

We approved the Pre-Submission plan for consultation in December 2013. The consultation period ran from 6th January 2014 until 3rd March 2014.

The document and the Policies Plan that accompanies it are available below, along with the associated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment prepared at that time, and a summary of consultation responses.

1,524 people and organisations responded, and there were a total of 5,863 comments. We have now considered all these responses and a summary is available below.

We concluded that no major modifications to the Plan are required. However, some responses highlighted inaccuracies or inconsistencies and suggested detailed changes to the wording which we consider will improve the Plan. A number of minor modifications have been agreed to reflect this. These are detailed below. They also resulted in some minor amendments to the Policies Plan.

Next Steps

The Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on July 1st 2014.

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Last Updated : 21st July 2014