West Midlands Combined Authority

The West Midlands Combined Authority is driving forwards economic growth and major infrastructure projects. Help us make sure the natural environment is a priority.

The Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and the new West Midlands Combined Authority are pushing these developments forward, driven by a growing population and the need to stimulate economic growth. However, the vital contribution the natural environment plays across all these issues is often overlooked. In fact there is no mention at all of the natural environment in the Combined Authority’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The West Midlands Combined Authority Major

On the 4th May you will all be asked to vote for your preferred candidate in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Mayoral elections. The WMCA aims to create a strong economic region with priorities including skills and employment, housing and integrated transport systems. The Mayor will have powers over land use, housing, transportation, skills and investment in infrastructure. It is vital that the WMCA and the new Mayor recognise the essential role of the natural environment to achieving their priorities.

We have worked with a wide range of partners to develop a shared vision for the natural environment of the West Midlands Combined Authority constituent areas – those to be covered by the new West Midlands Mayor. We seek a commitment from all Mayoral candidates to recognise the value of nature and commit to long term integrated planning for a healthy natural environment with a 25 year plan. Please add your voice to this campaigning by signing

Our Pledge for Nature’.

Share the pledge with #wmpledge4nature

A Vision for the West Midlands Combined Authority

We have worked in partnership with many organisations and individuals to develop a shared vision for the natural environment of the West Midlands Combined Authority constituent member areas (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton). These are the areas that will be covered by the new West Midlands Mayor.

This vision sets out some of the benefits already enjoyed by people living and working in the West Midlands Combined Authority area, the strength of the existing ecological network and principles for investing and improving the natural environment. Crucially, the vision calls for all leaders to agree to a 25 year plan for the environment enabling long term decision making, management, governance and monitoring of the natural environment to safeguard it for future generations.

Read the West Midlands Combined Authority Spatial Vision here.

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