The Offer

The Enterrpise Zone (EZ) offers a range of incentives to support site development and business growth. The following provides an overview of what is on offer across the Enterprise Zone. Details of what is on offer for each site can be viewed here or on the individual site pages. 

Business Rates Relief*

 

Rates relief will be given to a maximum of £55k per annum for a five year period to eligible businesses entering EZ sites in the period April 2012 to March 2018. Rates relief will not be available on Paradise Circus, Southern Gateway and Warwick Bar. 

To facilitate the delivery of key sites within the EZ £76.3m of funding will be made available. The focus of this investment will be £61.3m on Paradise Circus, which has a well progressed business case, to help unlock the first phase of the site’s development. £15m will be made available for other sites focussing primarily on demolitions and access improvements. These funds will be applied following the development of detailed business cases. 

Funding for Infrastructure

 

To enable the delivery of key sites £43m of funding will be utilised to improve public transport infrastructure and connections within the EZ. The focus of this investment will be £25m on extending the Metro to Broad Street and £18m to deliver schemes that create the environment that is attractive to occupiers including the delivery of high quality pedestrian routes. 

Simplified Planning

 

A Local Development Order (LDO) is now in place in Digbeth and Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA) allowing a wide range of changes of use without the requirement for planning permission. 

For more information on LDO’s visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/ez

A simplified planning regime for the wider EZ area has also been developed to provide: 

  • Greater certainty for all development parties and support proposals through the system.

Birmingham City Council will commit to the following for each site where development proposals are being progressed. 

  • Nominate a Planning Support Officer, a Case Officer and a Project Champion and inform the developer who they are, with contact details. The Case Officer will chair and arrange project meetings.
  • Set a programme for each development in agreement with the developer setting out key stages and milestones, from pre-application through to implementation. Use a Planning Performance Agreement where relevant.
  • Set out the requirements for the validation of an application by providing a checklist to the developer as well as providing support during the process.
  • Inform the developer at an early stage what the Council’s aspirations are for any legal agreements.
  • Regularly review the project plan and provide feedback to the developer in order that any necessary revisions can be made.
  • Provide timely responses to requests for discussions and meetings, if necessary with the Project Champion.
  • Prioritise submitted applications in terms of validation process and consultation responses.

Delivering affordable superfast broadband 

 

Funding will be made available to implement the investment secured through the urban broadband fund to deliver affordable superfast broadband to the Digbeth, Eastside and Jewellery Quarter areas. 

For more information about the EZ offer please contact us.

Contacts:

For enquiries regarding Funding for Site Development, Access, Infrastructure, Simplified Planning, Digital Connectivity and Business Rates Relief:

Birmingham City Council

E-mail:planningandregenerationenquiries@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone:+ 44 (0) 121 303 3075

For enquiries regarding Business Development and Support:

Business and Innovation Team

E-mail: suzanne.dottin-payne@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone:+ 44 (0) 121 303 3150

For enquiries regarding Inward Investment:

Business Birmingham

E-mail: invest@marketingbirmingham.com
Telephone:+44 (0) 121 202 5022
Or visit the Business Birmingham website