Development Management in Birmingham submission
Examination of the Development Management in Birmingham Document
Publication of the Inspector’s Report
The Inspector, Ms K Ford MSc MRTPI published her final Report for the Examination on 30 September 2021.
The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the examination. If you were involved in the examination because you made comments in writing and/or you took part in a hearing session, then we would be very pleased if you could fill in our short online survey. Any comments you make will be confidential.
Consultation on the Main Modifications
The Development Management in Birmingham (DMB) will provide detailed policies to help determine planning applications and development decisions across the whole City, supporting the strategic policies in the Birmingham Development Plan which was adopted in January 2017. The document, once adopted, will replace the remaining Saved 2005 Birmingham Unitary Development Plan policies which have now become outdated.
The consultation on the schedule of Main Modifications closed on the 5 May 2021.
The following responses were received which have been provided to the Inspector for her ongoing consideration:
Hearing sessions took place during the week of the 9 of November.
Following the hearing sessions the council wrote to the Inspector with points of clarification emanating from the hearing discussions.
Correspondence between the council and the Inspector can be found below:
Birmingham City Council submitted its Development Management in Birmingham Development Plan Document (DMB) to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on Friday 17 July 2020 for independent examination. The document has been prepared in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Development Management in Birmingham Document and supporting documents can be viewed in the Examination Library.
All representations received through the Publication (Regulation 19) Version consultation (9 January to 21 February 2020) have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
Examination and Inspector
Planning Inspector Kelly Ford MSc MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Development Management in Birmingham DPD (the DMB).
The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted DMB, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the DMB is:
- positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development);
- justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence);
- effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and
- consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Publication Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates are likely to take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.
At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the DMB, if such a request is made by the council.
Examination guidance and virtual guidance notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.
Hearing Sessions and Timetable
The following written statements have been received in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions:
Matter 1 – Legal Compliance including the Duty to Co-operate
Matter 2 - Compliance with the Birmingham Development Plan
Matter 3 - Environment and Sustainability Policies
- Matter 3 written statement - Environment and Sustainability - BCC
- Matter 3 written statement - Environment and Sustainability - Savills for Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium
- Matter 3 written statement - Environment and Sustainability - Tyler Parkes for West Midlands Police Chief Constable
Matter 4 - Economy and Network of Centres Policies
- Matter 4 written statement - Economy and Centres - BCC
- Matter 4 written statement - Economy and Centres - Savills for Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium
- Matter 4 written statement - Economy and Centres - Tyler Parkes for West Midlands Police Chief Constable
- Matter 4 Written Statement - Economy Centres - Highways England
Matter 5 - Homes and Neighbourhoods Policies
- Matter 5 written statement - Homes and Neighbourhoods - BCC
- Matter 5 written statement - Homes and Neighbourhoods - Harris Lamb for Bloor Homes
- Matter 5 written statement - Homes and Neighbourhoods - Home Builders Federation
- Matter 5 written statement - Homes and Neighbourhoods - Savills for Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium
- Matter 5 written statement - Homes and Neighbourhoods - Tyler Parkes for West Midlands Police Chief Constable
Matter 6 - Connectivity Policies
- Matter 6 written statement - Connectivity - BCC
- Matter 6 written statement - Connectivity - Harris Lamb for Bloor Homes
- Matter 6 written statement - Connectivity - Home Builders Federation
- Matter 6 written statement - Connectivity - Savills for Langley Sutton Coldfield Consortium
Matter 7 - Implementation and Monitoring
The Examination Library contains a list of documents submitted for examination and background documents that have informed production of the Local Plan. It also contains documents relating to the examination and will be updated as the examination progresses.
The council has appointed Ian Kemp as Independent Programme Officer to assist, and work under the direction of, the appointed Inspector throughout the examination process. The Programme Officer will act as point of contact between the Inspector, the Council and any third parties participating in the Examination.
The Programme Officer’s contact details are:
PO Box 241
Tel: 07723 009166