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Optimising our physical, cultural & environmental assets and improving our physical & digital connectivity.

Place

Greater Birmingham & Solihull spans nine local authority boundaries: Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.

Our area is located at the centre of the UK’s motorway and rail networks, and its geographical position means that it is within four hours’ travel time of 90% of the UK’s population.

HS2 represents a major transformational catalyst which, combined with global reach of Birmingham Airport, will even further enhance Greater Birmingham’s standing as an outward-facing, globally connected city region.

Our world class cultural and sporting offer, beautiful countryside, excellent connectivity and leading quality of life are acting as magnets to visitors and investors, businesses looking to grow, and people looking to raise a family.

All options were on the table when we started thinking about the location of HSBC’s new head office but Birmingham emerged as the number one choice. The revitalisation of the UK’s second biggest city and its connectivity make it a really attractive home for UK businesses and their employees.

Nigel Hinshelwood, Head of UK and Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank plc

 

Our key areas of focus are:

Spatial Plan for Growth

The Spatial Plan for Growth is a key part of the Place pillar.

While planning remains a matter for local authorities, GBSLEP has committed to producing a Spatial Plan that will look at the level and distribution of growth across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull over the period of the Strategic Economic Plan (2016-30). In doing so, it will provide a framework for the statutory development planning taking place across the GBSLEP’s nine local authority areas.

This Plan will provide a strategic steer and coherence to the individual development plans that all districts are, by law, required to prepare. The work will help inform and enable the Duty to Co-operate established in the Localism Act 2011.

To date, a number of key pieces of evidence have been commissioned and published as part of the development of the Spatial Plan. Principally, the Strategic Housing Needs Study was jointly commissioned by GBSLEP and the Black Country LEP to look at the long term scale and distribution of housing growth across the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area.

The purpose of the technical study is to provide a reliable analysis of objectively assessed housing needs, and to enable the consideration of the long term scale and distribution of housing growth. It will provide technical evidence on the scale of future housing requirements.

Download the Stage 2 report (appendices available upon request).

Download the Stage 3 report.

 

Towns and Local Centres Strategy

In our Strategic Economic Plan, GBSLEP sets out the objective to ‘develop thriving towns and local centres’. Our town and local centres face challenges to their competitiveness as they make the transition from a retail dominated core to wider social hubs that can offer a variety of opportunities including leisure, culture, and residential.

We will therefore develop a Towns and Local Centres (TLC) Strategy that will take a co-ordinated view of regeneration activity in towns and local centres across the GBSLEP area, ensuring maximum benefit from the range of projects being delivered.

As we develop the strategy – due for completion in early 2018 – we will also develop an investment package to support new opportunities in our towns and local centres, ensuring that they can play their part in our ongoing economic success story. More details on this TLC fund will be published at the appropriate time

 

Housing Framework

As part of our work to support the supply of housing land, we are developing a Housing Framework. This will be a ‘warehouse of information’ that we and our partners can use to more clearly understand issues such as affordability  and tenure mix. The Housing Framework will be developed by early 2018.