Plans approved for second phase of city regeneration scheme

Outline proposals for the next phase of the regeneration of Perry Barr were approved by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee today.

The 12.84-hectare site will include 400-500 new homes, public open space and a new secondary school for 1,260 pupils.

Phase 2 of the Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme is adjacent to the site of the former Birmingham City University Campus, which is being redeveloped as the Athletes Village for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Development of the former campus is phase one of the scheme and will be converted into 1,400 homes for the public post-Games.

Approximately 90% of the 500 homes planned in phase 2 will be 2, 3, 4 or 5-bed houses.

The scheme fits into plans for a total of 5,000 new homes to be constructed in this area of north-west Birmingham, bolstering the city’s need for 51,000 extra homes in the period between 2017 and 2031, as detailed in the Birmingham Development Plan.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This is the next vital stage in a regeneration project that will transform Perry Barr, as we deliver the housing, infrastructure and jobs that will support our young and growing population.

“As a thriving city, this second phase of the wider regeneration of Perry Barr will help achieve our aim of enhancing the area, providing a better neighbourhood for all living locally.

“This scheme will undoubtedly build on the solid progress we have achieved on Phase One and further cement the legacy that the city council secures from its decision to back the bid to bring the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham.”

The area will also benefit from a number of transport improvements and improvements to Perry Barr railway station.

As part of phase 2, the Doug Ellis Sports Centre and associated all-weather pitch, currently at the heart of the Phase Two site, will be retained.

Proposals for a revamped Alexander Stadium are also going through the planning process and together the regeneration will account for more than £0.5bn of new investment for the area.