Second phase of Perry Barr regeneration scheme to start after Commonwealth Games

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Proposals for the second phase of the regeneration of Perry Barr have been unveiled, as Birmingham council launches a public consultation for the plans.

It said the 12.27 hectare site would accommodate around 400 homes, open space and a secondary school for 1,260 pupils.

The area, between Holford Drive and Aldridge Road in Perry Barr, is adjacent to the site of the former Birmingham City University Campus – already being demolished to make way for the residential element of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village, which will then be converted into around 1,400 new homes after the event.

The second phase of the scheme is only due to come forward for development after the Games, as it will initially form part of the Athletes’ Village, accommodating a number of facilities such as the athletes’ dining hall and other temporary facilities.

The area will also benefit from a number of transport improvements, enhancements to Holford Drive to enable better access to the new school, and improvements to Perry Barr railway station.
There will also be a sporting legacy through improved access to facilities in the area including the retained Doug Ellis Sports Centre and associated all-weather pitch currently at the heart of the Phase Two site.

A drop-in session is being staged for people to find out more about the plans for the housing and the school on Wednesday 20 February, at the Doug Ellis sports Centre between 1pm and 7pm.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is a growing, thriving, city and we are projecting a population increase of 150,000 by 2031 – so it is crucial we deliver the housing, infrastructure and jobs to support our young and growing population.

“Phase Two of the wider regeneration vision for Perry Barr will play a significant part in achieving our goals, providing a high-quality neighbourhood for people and the best possible standard of living in Birmingham.

“This scheme will build on the magnificent progress we have achieved on Phase One. It normally takes three years for a Commonwealth Games Village project to obtain planning consent, but thanks to the ‘can do’ attitude of the council and its partners, we have already done the job in just 12 months.”

Following the end of consultation, which closes on March 4, an outline planning application will be lodged, ahead of an anticipated decision by the council planning committee in summer 2019.

The secondary school, proposed to the Department for Education, would open in 2021 if approved.

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