Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth

What is the Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth?

The Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth (SPRG) forms a key component of the work under the ‘Place’ pillar of the Strategy for Growth.

The spatial plan will look at the level and distribution of growth across the LEP over the next 20 years and provide a framework for the statutory development planning taking place in the GBSLEP’s nine local authority areas.

This plan will provide a strategic steer and coherence to the individual development plans that all districts are, by law, required to prepare.

The work will also help inform and enable the new ‘Duty to Co-operate’ in the Localism Act. This new style of strategic planning making has only a small number of stages:

  • Mapping existing development plan policy
  • Engagement around a series of themed events
  • Themed group working to test set scenarios and produce outcomes to a common format
  • Synthesis of the work from stages two and three to produce a working draft SSFP
  • Conference to discuss the emerging SSFP
  • The LEP Board agree initial SSFP for consultation and agreement
  • Monitoring and Refresh SSFP – annual process.

The Strategy will be informed by the following studies Employment Sites Study, Sustainability Appraisal and Housing Needs Study.

Housing Needs Study

The Study will help inform the development of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth (SPRG) and individual Local Plans prepared by local planning authorities, where appropriate.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 3 of the GBSLEP and Black Country Strategic Housing Needs Study has now been published. The outputs of this Phase 3 of the Study  include: a definition of the Housing Market Area (HMA) and an estimate of its future housing need; a comparison of forecast need against current supply; and an exploration of spatial scenarios to address the forecast shortfall. The Stage 3 report can be downloaded at the link below.

Stage 3 of the Strategic Housing Needs Study

Stage 2 of the Housing Needs Study 13 local authorities took part in the present study, comprising the GBSLEP area: Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffs, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest; Black Country: Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Download Stage two and the relevant appendixes here:

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

Further information As the project progresses further information will be added in additional posts, listed below:

The GBSLEP’s Spatial Plan for Recovery and Growth – public consultation

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the work please email