Residents and businesses based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter are being given the chance to shape the future of the district.
The Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) is working to devise a Neighbourhood Plan under the Localism Act, which gives communities more powers to set rules for development in their area.
The JQDT, which was established in May 2011, carries out a range of activities for the benefit of all who live or work in the area. It also runs the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQ BID), which was established in May 2012. Mike Mounfield, executive director, said: “Establishing a Neighbourhood Plan will allow us to choose what developments we have in the quarter and actually make things happen, rather than just talking about it. To get a Neighbourhood Plan the Government needs us to have a Neighbourhood Planning Forum of at least 21 people including a local councillor, as well as those that work and live in the area.
“The Planning Forum will represent one coherent voice for the Jewellery Quarter to help strike the right balance between residents, business, heritage, craft and creativity in this special part of a special city.”
David Mahony, managing director of PCPT Architects in Spencer Street, said: “The Planning Forum is the perfect opportunity for people from across the quarter to ensure they have their say on the sector that affects them.”
To be involved, contact Mike Mounfield on 0121-233 2814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.