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Birmingham City Council (BCC) launched its public consultation on the ‘Our Future City: Draft Central Birmingham Framework 2040’ on Thursday 25th May 2023.

The consultation period runs until Thursday 20th July 2023.

‘Our Future City: Draft Central Birmingham Framework 2040’ is a bold and ambitious vision for Central Birmingham. It builds upon the ‘Shaping Our City Together’ consultation in 2021, and the many conversations since which have helped shape the plan.

The draft framework covers Central Birmingham, which has been grouped into five areas:

  • City Heart: Bull Ring, Colmore Business District, Snowhill and Steelhouse, Southside, Town, Westside
  • Central North: Eastside and Aston Triangle, Gun Quarter, Nechells, Newtown
  • Central East: Bordesley, Digbeth, Small Heath
  • Central South: Balsall Heath, Edgbaston, Highgate
  • Central West: Hockley, Jewellery Quarter, Ladywood, Spring Hill

The draft framework sets a vision and provides a strategy to address the challenges the city faces and unlock opportunities for Central Birmingham to 2040 to create a fair, inclusive, and green place that benefits all of our citizens. It has been produced as a non-statutory planning document and will replace the Big City Plan and inform the production of the new statutory Birmingham Local Plan. It sets a vision for Central Birmingham which will guide future investment and set a Programme of more detailed work over the next twenty years.

BCC are asking for feedback to help us refine and shape this bold and ambitious strategy for Central Birmingham.

To find out more about the consultation and to view the draft framework, as well as its supporting documents, please follow the link below to the council’s webpage:


How to get involved

The public consultation on the draft framework runs for eight weeks. You can get involved in the public consultation by:

Attending one of our consultation events which are detailed on the BCC website.

Throughout the consultation period, there will be a Programme of in-person events and drop-in sessions across Central Birmingham in each of the five areas. The Programme can be viewed on the council’s webpage https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50273/our_future_city_plan_ofcp/2303/our_future_city_-_draft_central_birmingham_2040/2 and will be regularly updated as new events are confirmed. (You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the list of events)

The public consultation on the draft framework closes on Thursday 20th July 2023. Following this, comments will be taken into consideration and the final document will be prepared. It is the intention to seek city council approval of the final framework as part of the city council’s non-statutory planning framework.

Please share this with as many interested parties as possible to help shape change in Central Birmingham