Birmingham development plan delayed until the Autumn
Sutton Coldfield green belt. Photo Courtesy of Martin O'Connell, Flikr.
9th July 2013
Birmingham City Council has announced the Birmingham Development Plan for housing and industrial growth will be published for consultation in the Autumn. The original date was June 2013.
Councillor Tahir Ali said at this weeks Full Council Meeting "The pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan is due to go to Cabinet and then come to the City Council for approval towards the end of the year."
So we may get to see the results in early 2014 when we will be able to object through a second residential consultation.
The news was also echoed in Sir Albert Bore's proposals for housing in his annual leader's policy statement to the city council. He also reported the need for Birmingham to build 80,000 homes to meet the ONS reported population growth of 150,000 people over the next 20 years.
The announcement said the city had land for 50,000 houses, an increase from the 43,000 originally reported by the Council, but the rest would have to be built in surrounding areas, including 10,000 houses on greenbelt land.
He said the Office for National Statistics (ONS) predicts that Birmingham's population will increase by 150,000 by 2031.
"Our population is growing and we are discussing with adjoining local authorities how we can best jointly meet that housing demand," he said.
"The number of houses will have to be built at a rate we haven't seen since the Second World War."
You will have another opportunity to comment during a second consultation, probably at the start of 2014.
I would implore all residents to make your individual comments known to the Council when the final consultation appears.
It is your Sutton Coldfield and you should have a say on how you want it to be in fifteen years’ time, bearing in mind our heritage can be destroyed by the stroke of a pen.
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