The Strategic Planning and Conservation Manager presented Bromsgrove District Council’s proposed response to the South Staffordshire Preferred Option Local Plan. Cabinet was informed that South Staffordshire Council was in a similar position to other local authorities in producing a Local Plan. A response from Bromsgrove District Council to South Staffordshire Council’s Preferred Option Local Plan had been provided for Members’ consideration and largely welcomed the proposals that had been brought forward. However, the response noted that South Staffordshire Council had identified a figure of 4,000 houses to meet the wider needs of the Greater Birmingham and Black Country Housing Market Area (GBHMA), which appeared to have been mainly informed by the content of the GBHMA Strategic Growth Study carried out in 2018. The response had commented that this was one of a range of strategic studies that could inform calculations about the number of houses that could be developed for the GBHMA and Bromsgrove District Council would be taking into account a wider range of documents when reaching its own conclusions about the number of houses that should be developed in the GBHMA.
During consideration of this item, Members noted that the name of the previous Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services had been listed on the report. Officers confirmed that this would be amended for the Council meeting.
RECOMMENDED that the Council endorse the officer response to the South Staffordshire Local Plan and that it is confirmed with South Staffordshire Council as such.