1.2 Develop an approach to “locales”

  • This approach is about bringing community development and economic development together.
  • Recognising the “locale” concept would encourage Birmingham to consider the diversity of locales or local economies that lie within the city. It is important to appreciate that every “locale” will have different infrastructural advantages and difficulties and will have distinctive features within its local economy.
  • We propose that Birmingham City Council works with local residents and businesses to identify local areas, which have a distinctive functioning economic geography (DFEG).
  • In addition, we propose that development boards are established in every locale.  These will bring together local firms, educational establishments and policy makers to support the area’s DFEG.  They will bring a local approach to areas such as planning, economic development, and the use of community assets and local open spaces.