Housing

HOUSING

Housing4Quality housing is key to the region’s future, if we are to meet the needs of a growing population and promote a quality housing ‘offer’ to international investors, looking to invest in the region .

GBSLEP, our partners at Birmingham City Council and local authorities in the Black Country area are developing a variety of strategies to address the regions housing needs.

Why do we need new housing strategies?

Supply and demand

The rate of new houses being built, is not keeping up with demand:

  • House builders have moved away from building by volume to maximising margin.
  • Land supply LGA estimated 400,000 plots with planning permission; the majority of house builders have a supply of 6-7 years.
  • Housing only being produced in sufficient numbers to meet the demands from households who can readily access mortgages.
  • House builders have moved away from building by volume to maximising profit margins.
  • Land supply – the LGA estimated 400,000 plots with planning permission; the majority of house builders have a supply of 6-7 years.
  • Housing only being produced in sufficient numbers to meet the demands from households who can readily access mortgages.
  • House building remains significantly lower than required – less than 115,000 built in 2011 compared to the 233,000 needed each year.

Number of new homes is not sufficient for future and current demands

The City faces a number of challenges to deliver its ambitions for the City. The City’s population is projected to grow by an additional 150,000 people over the period to 2031

GBSPLEP Plans 

GBSLEP extends over an area with an overall population of nearly 2 million people and 840, 000 jobs.

housing_commission_intro1There are significant challenges in identifying appropriate sites to accommodate and deliver the levels of housing growth needed.

The challenge of housing growth is one that is being tackled through a partnership approach across the LEP, recognising that local authority boundaries are porous and do not always coincide with housing market boundaries.

GBSLEP Growth Deal

Many Growth Deal Projects across the GBSLEP area directly links jobs growth and to accelerate housing projects:

  • Unlocking small Housing Sites – to accelerate small housing sites building 1300 homes
  • Longbridge Connectivity scheme 3864 jobs 1089 homes
  • Iron Lane 1000 homes
  • East Staff Growth and Regeneration Plan 707 Jobs and 306 Homes
  • A34 Corridor – Perry Bar 1150 jobs and 300 homes
  • Unlocking Birmingham’s Urban Extension 5000 jobs and 3000 homes
  • South Kidderminster Enterprise Park 532 jobs and 170 homes

 City Deal

In excess of 2,800 additional new homes through the use of public assets.Improvements to homes and properties including

  • 15,000 homes refurbished delivering savings in domestic energy usage of 26 ktonnes pa of CO2and at least 40 public buildings refurbished delivering savings in energy usage of 10 ktonnes pa of CO2
  • Retrofitting to the properties of 1,500 people on pension or disability premium and 2,250 people in fuel poverty.

Curzon Street/ Enterprise Zone

Curzon Street development expected to create 2000 new homes.

Housing Needs Study

A Strategic Housing Needs Study has been commissioned by GBSLEP and Black Country Local Authorities to look at the long term scale and distribution of housing growth across the study area.

The purpose of the technical study is to provide a reliable analysis of objectively assessed housing needs.

The Strategic Housing Needs Study has been commissioned to look at the long term scale and distribution of housing growth. It will provide technical evidence on the scale of future housing requirements.

There are three stages to the study:

  • Stage 1 – A Stock Take of housing needs and present plans/housing commitments
  • Stage 2 – Identifying any Shortfall or Surplus of provision over requirements
  • Stage 3 – Scenarios to address any shortfall if identified

Stage 2 of the Housing Needs Study has now been released

13 local authorities took part in the present study, comprisingGreater Birmingham and Solihull (GBSLEP) area: Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffs, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest; Black Country: Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Download Stage 2 here and the relevant appendixes

Strategic Housing Needs Study – Stage 2

Appendix A Migration Matrix

Appendix B Commuting-annual population survey

Appendix C Commuting – 2011 Census

Appendix D Demographic Data – GBSLEP, Stratford, Warwickshire

Appendix E Demographic Data  -Black Country and South Staffs

The third stage, which is dependent upon the outcome of the first and second stages, will examine spatial scenarios for accommodating any shortfall. Is this now necessary?

The Study will help inform the development of the GBSLEP Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth (SPRG) and individual Local Plans prepared by local planning authorities, where appropriate.

What is the Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth?

The SPRG is an emerging strategic spatial framework plan that takes a 20-year view of the broad scale and distribution of growth across the GBSLEP area.

For more information on the Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth visit here.