‘Open for business’ is the message as GBSLEP launches Planning Charter
The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has launched a planning charter that will help businesses by enabling appropriate development rather than discourage it.
The charter lays out the intention of planning partners involved in the LEP to be proactive and supportive of business and investment while ensuring quality, sustainability and honest dialogue are at the heart of all planning decisions.
GBSLEP was set up to drive economic growth, achieve global leadership in key sectors and help create 100,000 jobs by 2020 across Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest.
Each of the local authorities will work to create a business-friendly planning system in order to increase the competitiveness of the LEP to help achieve these targets.
The charter was launched at the Arup Campus in Solihull at the same time as the process to develop a Spatial Plan For Recovery and Growth started.
Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and GBSLEP Board Director, said: “The targets set by GBSLEP are ambitious and, in order to achieve them, it is important that business sees us as a place that is driven by growth, not bureaucracy.
“The planning regime we are promising is one that is flexible but consistent and that will determine local priorities and enable us to attract the type of investment that will underpin economic growth.
“While development must always be appropriate, the way local authorities communicate and work with business should be supportive of investment that delivers against both LEP and local priorities.”
Cllr Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull MBC and GBSLEP Board Director, said: “We individually pride ourselves as local authorities on our duties as planning bodies but working as part of the LEP means we have the opportunity to reflect the growth aspirations of the wider LEP geography.
“The charter means that we will maintain our standards of scrutiny and protection of the environment while demonstrating that we are fully committed to working with our LEP partners to ensure we can achieve our collective goals.”