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Birmingham Development Plan approved

Words: Laura Edgar

The planning inspectorate has approved Birmingham’s development plan, paving the way for the development of 51,100 homes, 6,000 of which are planned for green belt land.

The plan will also allow for the development of 300 hectares of employment land, 350,000 square metres of retail floor space and 745,000 square metres of office floor space.

The housing requirement for Birmingham is 89,000 dwellings, but the inspector has not changed the target of 51,100 to be delivered in the city.

The green belt land designated for housing is in Langley, Sutton Coldfield, while a 71-hectare strategic employment site at Peddimore is also green belt land. The inspector concluded that additional green belt releases would not be required after 2031.

The inspector, Roger Clews, said the consultations on the plan met all the relevant legal requirements and noted that the legal requirements for the duty to cooperate were also met. Additionally, he said it makes "appropriate" provision to meet employment needs.

Waheed Nazir, acting strategic director for economy, said: “Having the Birmingham Development Plan endorsed by the planning inspector is a major success and means we can get on with the job of providing much-needed housing and employment opportunities in the city.

“It is 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.

“Crucially, the inspector has endorsed both our approach to the release of land on the green belt and the dealing with the housing shortfall.”

More detail about the inspector's report and the plan can be found on the Birmingham City Council website.

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