Green light for Commonwealth Games village’s residential legacy

The Commonwealth Games Village
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Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved Lendlease’s proposals to develop its legacy offering for the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes village which will provide around 1,400 homes.

The properties are being built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus and will accommodate around 6,500 athletes and officials coming to Birmingham in the summer of 2022.

After the Games, the properties will be converted to provide homes across a range of tenures – social and affordable rent, homes for sale, and for private rent.

The development will also include a retirement village and a community centre.

Financial support has been secured for the council-led scheme from central government, to the tune of £165m, and the West Midlands Combined Authority, which has provided £20m.

Work is set to begin on site in early 2019.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Since we announced our intention to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, I’ve always said the event is about so much more than just 11 days of sport.

“The regeneration of Perry Barr will be the most tangible and transformative legacy we achieve as a result of hosting the Games, bringing investment and regeneration to area that has long been crying out for it.

“I commend everyone involved with the development of this planning application. It shows the ‘can do’ attitude of the city council and its commitment to partnership working – by securing planning permission today, 364 days since the Games were awarded to Birmingham, we’ve successfully completed work that would normally a take a host city three years to complete in just one.”

Future phases of the Perry Barr regeneration plan will be consulted on in 2019.