The Birmingham Prospectus is a 20-year blueprint to determine the city's future. This is what it says about the vision for Birmingham.
It is crucial to continue the development of Birmingham to enhance our place as a leading world city and a dynamic regional capital at the heart of a thriving city region.
We must ensure that the future development of Birmingham is sustainable, integrated and deliverable for all communities.
This is a 20-year vision to secure long-term, sustainable growth in population – from around one million people now up to 1.1 million in 2026 – with matching growth in economic prosperity for Birmingham.
In achieving this vision, it is vital we use the benefits of the growth to improve the quality of life and address inequalities within the city.
Realising the vision will require transformational change across wide areas of Birmingham. The growth will be concentrated in east Birmingham, south-west Birmingham, the Urban Living Pathfinder in the north-west of the city as well further growth in the city centre.
We recognise that environmental quality must be at the heart of the vision and is critical for attracting and retaining both people and investment on a long term, sustainable basis.
We need to brand and reaffirm Birmingham as a growing global city that is proud, vibrant and dynamic on the one hand yet remains as a friendly and welcoming city on the other. Birmingham is a great place to live, do business in and visit. We need to build on this success.
We aim to be much more positive in promoting the city with a united voice that demonstrates our diversity yet retains a common heart. We all have a stake in city as a place to live, work or play, and this provides the common thread that brings us all together. Everyone has a role, be it locally, nationally or internationally in promoting Birmingham.
Birmingham has the youngest population of any major European city ensuring its appeal for on-going investment. We want everyone to be successful and desire to stay in the city. We want Birmingham to develop its excellence as an Education City.
Birmingham’s recent renaissance has mostly been concentrated on the city centre which in many respects is the economic heartbeat of the region. Now we have the confidence and desire to do much more.
The Birmingham Wholesale Markets are due to relocate soon. This leaves a 21-acre site available for redevelopment in the heart of Birmingham. How we might raise to this challenge presented by the unique opportunity? There is scope for another world-class development – with potential impact on a par with either Brindleyplace or the Bullring. We have the opportunity to do something truly special and an emerging idea is to make this the heart of a new Creative Quarter by building on the awesome potential emerging in Digbeth.
We will reinforce the progress already made through further city centre expansion but crucially we will extend transformational change to create vibrant urban centres that will become attractive destinations in their own right.
Efficient, effective and convenient movement of people and goods is critical to maintain the city’s success and key infrastructure projects, such as the New Street Gateway redevelopment and the expansion of Birmingham International Airport, are absolutely crucial to a successful global city.
The continuing and developing success of the NEC Group of venues is essential if Birmingham is to stay as a world-class meeting place.
Priorities for action:
1. Support Birmingham International Airport to bring forward extension of the main runway
2. Vigorously promote the Birmingham brand on the global stage
3. Commission phase two of the city centre masterplan
4. Study into new creative quarter in Digbeth to include development brief to consider future development of the wholesale markets site
5. Bring forward proposals to develop three urban centres, including Northfield and a new centre to serve East Birmingham
6. Develop centres of excellence in key growth sectors including environmental and medical technologies
7. Launch the new city lighting strategy
8. Bring forward the plan for the redevelopment of Longbridge
9. Enhanced programme of public realm improvements in both the city centre and suburban centres
10. Investigate provision of retail and craft start-up premises in the heart of the city centre to diversify and strengthen the independent retail sector