Regulation and Planning


Business stakeholders regularly identify the need to tackle barriers that inhibit growth and to remove excessive, disproportionate or badly-enforced regulation as a concern. We see the issue of regulation – together with developing a co-ordinated planning environment across the area – as one of our major campaigns. Our work will build on the Government’s Localism and Local Growth policies with the potential to establish Greater Birmingham and Solihull as a leader in better regulation and planning.


GBSLEP is uniquely placed to bring councils and businesses together to create a more efficient regulatory environment. All our local authorities are committed to making regulation more efficient to improve the trading environment; increase business confidence and support economic growth. We will also work with the private sector so it remains compliant with minimum impact.

We engage with businesses to identify the main local barriers to compliance. Our role will then be to co-ordinate support to industry and commerce with tailored advice, particularly for small businesses that lack in house support.

We are one of the first LEPs to work with the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) to tackle red tape at local level and transform the way regulation is applied and administered. Together, we will identify regulatory approaches that support local enterprise with best practice then shared more widely.

Working with partners such as trading standards and environmental health services, we will identify priorities for action which could include reducing multiple inspections.


1) The Enterprise Zone and Enterprise Belt will have simplified planning arrangements, including Local Development Orders which will allow development without planning permission provided it meets certain criteria
2) Elsewhere across the area, planning arrangements are being reviewed to be made more ‘business friendly’ in order to drive economic development and growth
3) The nine councils are seeking to align their planning policies and functions to deliver an integrated and consistent approach across the area.