Pressure mounting on infrastructure providers as Draft Birmingham Development Plan released
16th October 2013
Birmingham City Council say they will be consulting on the pre-publication draft of their Local Plan in Q1/2014 when infrastructure providers, like CENTRO and the Highways Agency, are expected to make a submission. The current draft of the Plan proposes that neighbouring local authorities provide sites for 30,000 homes. While Birmingham City Council are keen to export their housing demand, they do not propose exporting a proportionate share of employment growth. This is what page (x) paragraph 2 of the non-technical summary to the Sustainability Appraisal says:
"There are significant uncertainties over the likely sustainability implications of accommodating around 30,000 dwellings in surrounding authorities, given the absence of detail at this stage of where this portion of Birmingham housing need might go. It is understood that exploration of strategic housing and employment provision across the City region is being undertaken through the LEP planning process, and conclusions on the appropriate spatial balance of development could be reached which support or modify the aspirations of the BDP."
So the $64k question to infrastructure providers is “Do you expect to be in a position to support the current draft of the Plan given absence of detail and the uncertainty in estimating the demands what will be made on the transport network?
You are the experts, so either support the plan, or say what is wrong with it or say what is missing that prevents you from supporting it.
KEY DATES TO NOTE
6th January 2014 – Possible start date for the 6 week Public Consultation
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