Plans for first buildings at £350m employment park unveiled

Proposals for the first two buildings at the Peddimore employment park in Minworth have been unveiled

IM Properties (IMP), Birmingham City Council’s appointed development partner for the first phase of the scheme, is preparing detailed planning applications for the first two employment buildings which would accommodate almost 1,500 jobs – at the site.

The company is in advanced negotiations with a first prospective occupier who would create in excess of 1,000 full time jobs and help support economic recovery for Royal Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham.

IMP is currently working with the occupier to design and deliver a building that meets its specific requirements.

A second building to be located at the gateway into the site from the A38 could accommodate either manufacturing or logistics businesses and has the potential to create a further 470 full time jobs.

Planning permission for Peddimore was granted in September 2019.

David Smith, planning director at IM Properties said: “Having a major prospective occupier for the first building will help accelerate delivery of the site and put it on the map.  We consider this especially significant because of the challenges of Covid-19 and the critical importance of attracting investment, creating jobs, and supporting the economic and social recovery of the region.

“We believe that Peddimore must deliver benefits beyond its site boundaries; it must deliver a social return on investment and create a positive legacy for years to come.  Our social value commitments are therefore wide-ranging. They are deliberately designed to challenge both us and our social value and supply chain partners. We have already made positive progress in supporting and funding community projects, and significant preparatory work is being put in place to ensure the project can realise its employment and skills commitments.”

Both buildings will be located within Development Zone 1 which already has planning permission. The purpose of the upcoming applications is to agree the detailed layout and design of the two buildings, including access points, parking plans, landscaping and drainage.

The consultation will run from February 16 to Sunday March 7.

IMP will consider all feedback before it submits the planning applications to Birmingham City Council in the spring.