Birmingham seeks Cabinet approval of its pre-submission version of the Development Plan
Green belt Area D. East of Sutton Coldfield Bypass (A38)
25th September 2013
Birmingham City Council will present the pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan to the Council Cabinet for approval on 21st October 2013.
It is widely tipped the plan will include proposals to release green belt land to the North and East of Sutton Coldfield for development of 50 hectares of employment land and between 5,000 to 10,000 new homes.
Cabinet Members are expected to review the green belt land options in the Sutton Coldfield area for development and will come to a view on which of the locations is most suitable for development should green belt development be considered appropriate.
The four Sutton Coldfield green belt areas to be reviewed are:
A. Hill Wood, East of Watford Gap, North of Mere Green/Roughley;
B.West of M6 Toll, North of Falcom Lodge, Whitehouse Common;
C.West of Sutton Coldfield Bypass (A38), near Walmley and
D. East of Sutton Coldfield Bypass (A38).
Birmingham’s current Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) indicates a projected growth in households of 80,000 to 105,000 between 2011 to 2031 in the city. This is compared to the latest estimates provided by the Council’s 2011 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA,) which estimates there is capacity for around 43,000 homes in the urban area.
A higher population growth will also increase the need to create more employment opportunities. The Council’s latest employment land supply review revealed shortfalls of sites suitable for large manufacturing investment projects. The Council has also reported Birmingham’s employment sites are almost all on recycled land, and that there is very little opportunity to create ‘new’ employment land within the built-up area of the city.
The council says “Having explored the capacity within the urban area it is clear that it will be impossible to provide sufficient new housing to meet the City's growing population with a shortfall in the region of 30,000 dwellings. This means that BCC must also consider the potential for development on the edge of the City - which means on land currently in the Green Belt.”
If the Cabinet approve the pre-submission version of the Birmingham Development Plan and authorisation by the City Council is gained on 3rd December 2013, a statutory 6 week public consultation will be launched after the Christmas holiday, probably on 6th January 2014. Residents will have an opportunity to express their concerns and submit valid objections against the proposals during this period.
The agenda and papers for the Cabinet meeting will be made available for public viewing on BCC’s web site one week beforehand – which is expected on 14th October 2013.
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