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Phase two of Perry Barr regeneration gets green light

Birmingham City Council has approved outline plans for the second phase of the regeneration of Perry Barr.

The 12.84-hectare site will see 400-500 new homes built, associated public open space and a new 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 redeveloped as the residential element of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village, which will then be converted into 1,400 new homes for the public post-Games.

The Phase Two site approved today will only come forward for development after the Games, as it will initially form part of the Athletes’ Village, accommodating a number of Games-time facilities such as the athletes’ dining hall and other temporary services.

The area will also benefit from a number of transport improvements and improvements to Perry Barr railway station. Separately, proposals for a revamped Alexander Stadium are also going through the planning process.

In total, in excess of £0.5bn of new investment is proposed for the local area, long-identified as an area in need of regeneration through various planning strategy documents.

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.’

NewStart spoke to a Cllr Ward earlier this year for a report into the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which you can read here.

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