Published: Thursday, 28th April 2016
The Birmingham Development Plan (BDP), the council’s long-term strategic plan for the whole city, has been endorsed by the government planning inspectorate.
The BDP will allow the development of 51,100 additional homes, over 300-hectares of employment land, 350,000 square metres of retail floor space and 745,000 square metres of office floor space.
The inspector supported the release of Green Belt land for the provision of 6,000 houses in Langley and a 71-hectare strategic employment site at Peddimore. He also concluded there is no need for further Green Belt release after 2031.
The inspector confirmed that the housing requirement for the city is 89,000 houses and has endorsed the council’s approach to dealing with the shortfall.
Waheed Nazir, acting strategic director for economy, said the plan was “critical in supporting the city’s growth agenda and our ambition for it to be an enterprising, innovative and green city, delivering sustainable growth to meet the needs of its population and strengthening its global competitiveness.”
The council will publish a Supplementary Planning Document for Langley later this summer. The scheme at Sutton Coldfield will involve the development of around 6,000 homes with Integrated and sustainable public infrastructure links which will serve the site and connect Langley to Sutton town centre and the city centre. A key element of the project will be a strategic green corridor connecting New Hall Valley Country Park through Langley to the Green Belt.
The inspector said exceptional circumstances justified alterations to the Green Belt boundary in order to allocate the sustainable urban extensions at Langley, land for housing at the former Yardley sewage works and the strategic employment site at Peddimore have been demonstrated.
The most significant modifications are that the overall housing requirement is 89,000 dwellings (an increase of 4,000), but there is no change to the target of 51,100 to be delivered in Birmingham