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Annual Development Summary 2012-13



Birmingham City Council's administrative area covers almost 270 square kilometres. More than half of this area is in use for housing and one fifth in agriculture, allotment and recreational open space uses.

Summary of Developments 2012-13

  • During the year to April 2013, 1,608 dwellings (net) were completed, up on the previous year’s total of 1588. The total included 1,397 new build, a decrease on the 1,516 dwellings completed during the previous year. In addition there were 269 conversions to dwellings but taking into account existing dwellings the net increase in conversions was 211.

  • There were 236 dwellings demolished compared with 371 during the previous year.

New municipal housing development at Egg Hill, Longbridge
  • The net gain in the City’s dwelling stock was 1372 (new build plus net conversions, less demolitions), up on the previous year’s figure of 1187, the third consecutive year it has increased. However, it remains significantly lower than the 2005-06 peak year when net gains were just over 3,000.

  • Of new build completions, 39% were flats and 61% houses. There were 171 student cluster flats which are counted as ‘dwellings’ according to the Census definitions.

  • 17% of net completions were built in the City Centre compared with one third in 2009-10.

  • 94% of new homes were built on previously developed ‘brownfield’ land.

  • 235 dwellings were completed through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT), the City Council's programme of house building, working in partnership with private developers providing a mix of homes for sale and rent.
  • 85 hectares (ha.) of land were developed on completed sites, 35% of which were for residential use and 30 ha. for education related developments.
  • 36,000 m2 of office and 16,000 m2 of A1 use retail floor space were built. Over 46,000 m2 of A1 retail floor space was under construction.

  • The total area of land being developed (under construction) at April 2013 was 114 ha.
  • A total of 1,871 dwellings (net) were under construction (including conversions) compared with 2,278 in 2011-12.

Trends in Completions and Demolitions 2001/02 - 2012/13

Graph showing trends in land development 2000/1 to 2012/3

See Development in Birmingham during 2012-13 or download the file below for further details.

Land for Future Development in Birmingham (at April 2013)

  • 635 ha. of land had a policy commitment for development where construction had not started (see below for definition of ‘committed’ land).

  • 83% of sites were smaller than one hectare in size and only 7 were larger than 10 hectares.

  • 62% of ‘committed’ land area had full or outline planning permission. 35% was allocated for development in the current approved Development Plan.

  • 94% of ‘committed’ land was previously developed, or ‘brownfield’, land (600 ha. in total). Some of these sites are affected by physical, service or ownership constraints that impede development and 9% of brownfield land was derelict.

  • 295 ha. of ‘committed’ land was vacant/unused and a further 52 ha. was derelict.

  • Around 10,500 dwellings (new build and conversions) had full planning permission, of which around one half (53%) were in the City Centre. A further 6,900 dwellings had outline planning permission.

  • 170 ha. (27%) of ‘committed’ land were proposed for purely residential use and a further 64 ha. for mixed residential and commercial use. In addition, 46 ha. was proposed for non-residential mixed commercial use and 25 ha. for retail. 36% or 228 ha was proposed for industrial use.


For further details see Land for Future Development in Birmingham or download the file below.

Definition of Committed Land

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Last Updated : 5th February 2014