The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has developed a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) that aims to create 500,000 additional jobs and secure GVA 5% higher than the national average by 2030.
The delivery of current targets for jobs and economic growth is already constrained by land supply, with the pinch being felt on land for both residential and employment uses. The WMCA SEP is likely to prove an even greater stretch, and the West Midlands Combined Authority is concerned that the delivery of the WMCA SEP should not be constrained by a lack of developable land.
The role of the West Midlands Land Commission is to take a fresh look at matters affecting the West Midlands' land supply. It will consider what measures could be initiated and undertaken to ensure an improved supply of developable land which supports the growth ambitions of business, the housing needs of residents, and the future diversification of the local economy.
The Terms of Reference for the Commission can be found here.
Metro Dynamics has been appointed as strategic advisor and secretariat to the Commission.
Cllr Sean Coughlan, WMCA lead for housing and land and leader of Walsall Council, welcomes Paul Marcuse and calls for those with an interest in land and development to get involved.
Cllr Coughlan stresses the importance of land use to support economic growth.