Birmingham City Council

Shopping & Local Centres Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)



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Birmingham has a network of over 70 local centres across the city providing a range of shops, services and other related facilities to meet the needs of local communities. This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out detailed policies to encourage new investment into these centres, demonstrating our commitment to maintaining their attractiveness and viability.

The purpose of the SPD is to:

  • Define the boundaries of each local centre in Birmingham's hierarchy of shopping centres
  • Define the primary shopping area, where the main retail uses are concentrated
  • Set out policies to maintain the primary retail function of the centres.

The SPD replaces a variety of old outdated local policies, and sets out new city wide policies to prevent the over concentration of hot food take away shops in centres and in local shopping parades throughout the city. It will be used when determining planning applications for new developments or changes of use in the city's local centres.

A draft document was published for consultation in November 2011. A summary of the comments received, and how the document changed as a result, is contained in the consultation statement below.

We considered the comments received and the SPD was adopted on 5th March 2012. A copy of the formal adoption statement is below along with the final version of the document.

Please note this document supersedes a number of older documents and policies. Those revoked documents are available here. Changes to policies in older documents are referred to on their secific webpage, indexed on the Area Based Planning Policies page.

While we were producing this SPD, we carried out a Sustainability Appraisal to ensure any potential social, economic or environmental impacts of the document were mitigated against.

We also carried out detailed surveys to identify the types of retail uses and vacant properties in each of the Local Centres and their Primary Shopping Areas. This information is correct at August 2011, with updates for Stirchley and Cotteridge in March 2012. Copies are available below for information

In 2013, the surveys were revised to monitor the effectiveness of the SPD one year after its adoption. The revisions include extant planning permissions, ie where planning permission has been granted but has not yet been implemented. Copies are available below.

Document Status : Statutory Policy Document - Adopted March 2012

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Last Updated : 24th January 2014