Select Committee on Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Written Evidence




  The overriding objective of West Midlands Regional Assembly is to achieve the long term sustainable regeneration of the region. We are committed to working together and in partnership with national Government and other partners to achieve our purpose. Our response to the Government's challenge to consider the City Region approach is positive and proactive.


  A key role of the Assembly is to facilitate regional strategic partnership work. This Mission Statement—"West Midlands Region—Incorporating A City Region and Sub-Regional Approach" has been developed in that spirit of partnership.

  The West Midlands Regional Assembly supports sub-regional partnership working and the move taken by the seven metropolitan authorities to develop a City Region approach at the heart of the West Midlands Region. The West Midlands Regional Assembly welcomes the steps taken by Stoke-on-Trent to explore such an approach.


  The Assembly recognises that the City Region approach is:

    —  A challenge from ODPM to which the Region, its sub-regions and partners is responding positively.

    —  A key delivery vehicle for the Regional Spatial Strategy, Regional Housing Strategy especially the Urban Renaissance element and Regional Economic Strategy.

    —  Capable of balancing demands and needs of other settlements and centres as part of a polycentric West Midlands Region.


  The Assembly will work with City Region to ensure it:

    —  Develops within the framework set by the Regional Spatial Strategy.

    —  Recognises the realities of economic, travel and housing patterns but acknowledge administrative boundaries.

    —  Strengthens the Region's profile in the UK, Europe and globally.

    —  Recognises and support the role of and linkages to other cities, towns and settlements in the West Midlands Region.

    —  Recognises and enhance the interdependence between urban and rural areas and economies to ensure a successful City Region approach.

    —  Is able to demonstrate/evidence how the City Region approach will contribute to the Region's competitiveness.

    —  Is able to add value to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the West Midlands Region.

    —  Help to achieve sustainable communities.

    —  Integral to and accountable to the whole West Midlands Region through appropriate governance arrangements.


  The Assembly makes the following commitments:

  The Assembly is committed to working with the seven Metropolitan authorities, Stoke-on-Trent and all other local authorities to secure robust and transparent governance arrangements and working links with partners from national Government, local government, the private, public and voluntary sectors. Our objective is to ensure that the City Region approach is compatible and accountable to the region in which it is based and to West Midlands Regional Assembly.

  Our commitment to regional working and the City Region approach is to continue to facilitate discussion leading to coherent and integrated regional policy which is deliverable and developed with, and owned by sub-regional partnerships and local authorities and agencies.

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