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Birmingham residents urged to have their say on Our Future City Plan consultation

Published: Friday, 12th March 2021

People, businesses and groups across Birmingham are being urged to have their say on a bold vision for the city as Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 consultation enters its final fortnight

Shaping our City Together outlines a blueprint for the future of Central Birmingham, which includes inner city neighbourhoods, focusing on making local areas greener and more people-centred, with improved access to green spaces and improved cycling and walking routes.

The proposed vision and consultation were launched on 26 January, and people can still contribute to the consultation, which closes on 26 March 2021.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The responses we have received so far as part of the Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 consultation have given us a real insight into what direction the people of Birmingham want to see their city move in over the next 20 years.

“The quality of the responses and the diversity of opinion has been fantastic.

“There is still time for anyone who hasn’t taken part to do so. Anyone wanting to find out more about our plans can do so through a series of webinars, which bring together insight and opinion from business and community leaders from across the city.”

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside wider environmental, societal and economic challenges has prompted the launch of this project, which will replace the Big City Plan, the existing city centre masterplan launched in 2010.

A key aim of the proposals for the Central Birmingham area is to strengthen the links between the city centre and surrounding inner city suburbs such as Aston, Nechells, Balsall Heath, Small Heath, and Sparkbrook.

The feedback received during this public consultation will be used to help inform the Draft Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 Framework, due to be released autumn 2021.

Full details of the Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 Shaping our City Together public consultation document, details of consultation events and activities that will be taking place can be found on the Our Future City Plan webpage and Birmingham BeHeard.

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