Visionary Or Bonkers? Birmingham's National Park Plan
The chances are you did not imagine Dudley or Sandwell. But think again, because the West Midlands Plateau, which means the conurbation from Wolverhampton down to Coventry, is being proposed as a national park.
This conference will be "exploring a new look at landscape, capitalising on the coincidence of a number of transformative agendas that will help establish the WMCA and the U.K. at the forefront of planning and regeneration," the conference prospectus said.
"These include the proposal for a National Park for the West Midlands Plateau, the opportunity to provide a unique and enduring legacy for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and the need to respond to the changing physical, social and economic geography that will occur with the arrival of HS2.
The scheme would involve suburban front gardens, the return of farming to the West Midlands and new lakes, parks and cycle ways, The Guardian reports. The paper went on to suggest the new national park should be called Brumbria in a reverential echo of the Lake District of Cumbria.