• Helen Winkler

Consultation on draft ‘Birmingham Urban Centres Framework’

The draft Birmingham Urban Centres Framework document seeks to deliver development opportunities and secure investment for Birmingham’s 70 urban centres and over 100 parades. The aim is to ensure the City’s urban centres are able to adapt effectively to the future growth agenda for Birmingham, which proposes 51,000 additional homes, significant additional employment and infrastructure improvements over the next 15 years.

The Framework includes consideration of themes such as activity, connectivity, design and local identity as well as identifying major opportunities for investment and development. There is also an accompanying ‘Toolkit’ which provides suggestions and information to communities, businesses, local groups, landowners and other organisations on how to make the local centres more active, attractive, and connected.

An initial list of priority ‘Centres of Transformation’ are identified in the Framework, including proposals for major changes to Sutton Coldfield, Bordesley Green, Coventry Road, Stechford, Meadway, Erdington, Northfield, Stirchley, Alum Rock Road and to Perry Barr, associated with the investment in the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.

Whilst it is not a statutory document, the Birmingham Urban Centres Framework will be a material consideration for making decisions. The consultation runs until 18th February 2019.

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