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The "Forgotten Rural" of the West Midlands

Thursday, 21 July 2016 at 9:30AM - 2:00PM
Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Shropshire TF10 8NB, UK
RTPI West Midlands

One could be forgiven for not realising that the West Midlands has diverse and attractive rural spaces with agriculture alone contributing some £440 million to the economy (Defra, 2013).  A significant rural-urban fringe surrounds "Greater Birmingham" where the wider rural development dimension has been largely forgotten and neglected in policy and decision making.  Recent debates about economic growth, housing, inward investment and devolution have focussed almost exclusively on the city and surrounding urban areas with only the green belt being the quintessential "rural" bit that features in contested debates over the kinds of growth and development that we want.  Whilst this seems logical given the economic powerhouse that is Birmingham, there are significant missed opportunities in neglecting rural development and inherent dangers in not understanding the urban-rural interdependencies and wider natural assets that are key to the future prosperity of the West Midlands itself.

 This workshop will examine how the rural areas of the West Midlands are key to planning in the West Midlands.  Speakers will examine the different rural(s) in the West Midlands covering both resource planning (agriculture, forestry, energy, water and minerals) and countryside planning (housing, broadband, rural development, deprivation and affordability).  There will also be a rural question time.

Read the flier.

This event is eligible for booking at a reduced cost as part of the the RTPI West Midlands multi-buy.  Find out what other events are included in the WM multi-buy, the cost and how to book.