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City Wide Planning Policies

City wide planning policy and guidance documents. These documents provide the context for the decisions we make on all planning applications and development proposals in the city

Shortcut to this page : www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningpolicy/citywide


The first section lists our key policy and guidance documents and these set the scene for how we see the city developing over the next 20 years. Below that are a number of subject based planning policy documents that apply across the whole city.

There are also a number of area based planning policies you may with to refer to.

You can also get involved with shaping where you live or work as we prepare new draft documents.


Key Policies and Guidance Documents

Unitary Development Plan (UDP)

Birmingham Development Plan (Draft) (Formerly Draft Core Strategy)

Big City Plan

Local Development Framework


City Wide Policies

Please Note : This threshold was originally 25 dwellings or over - as stated in this document - but was lowered to 15 or over in 2006.

Additional guidance has been produced in our 2009 Lighting Places document below.

Green Living Spaces Plan (non statutory)

Telecommunications Development : Mobile Phone Infrastructure (SPD)

Nature Conservation Strategy for Birmingham (SPG)

Parks and Open Space Strategy SPD (Size: 13.9 Mb Type: PDF )

Copyright: OGL2.0, except where otherwise stated

Proposals involving the loss of industrial land to alternate uses (SPD)

HMOs, Hostels, Residential Care and Nursing Homes, Bedroom Sizes for Student Accommodation (SPG)

Shopping & Local Centres (SPD)

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Last Updated : 3rd December 2015