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Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan


One of the five key measures of the recently introduced 2011 Localism Act is allowing local communities the opportunity to develop their own neighbourhood plans: 


‘Neighbourhood planning will allow communities, both residents, employees and business, to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like’.


Balsall Heath has been selected as one of the first 17 places across the country to develop a neighbourhood plan. Parish and town councils or, where they exist, neighbourhood forums will lead the creation of neighbourhood plans, supported by the local planning authority. Neighbourhood planning will allow communities, both residents, employees and business, to come together through a local parish council or neighbourhood forum and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like. Once written the plan will be independently examined and put to a referendum of local people for approval.


The Balsall Heath neighbourhood plan includes a possible new train station, a lake in Calthorpe Park, a landmark village square and a Balsall Heath Boulevard. For more information, please visit:


www.planningbalsallheath.info 

 

Neighbourhood Budgeting 


Birmingham has been selected by the government to be one of ten neighbourhood-level community budget pilots. The Birmingham pilot includes Shard End, Castle Vale and Balsall Heath. Balsall Heath is the only place in the country that is a pilot for both neighbourhood planning and neighbourhood budgeting. 


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