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Old November 25th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #81
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Autumn housing boom brings nice surprise for agents
By Graeme BrownNov 16 2012

Estate agents in the West Midlands are reporting the largest increase in demand in three years as buyers test the pre-Christmas market.

Firms in the region say they have been surprised by the upsurge in interest this autumn, and their claims are backed up by the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) housing market survey, which shows a 35 per cent rise in members reporting a rise in buyer enquiries.

That represents the largest rise since 2009 - and the second largest of any region in the country - suggesting a renaissance in the region's housing sector could be on its way.

The RICS data shows the number of homes coming onto the region's market also saw an improvement, as supply rose at its highest rate since August 2010.

Gerard Smith, partner specialising in country homes and auctions at estate agents Andrew Grant, said the demand for rural properties had returned strongly.

He said: "I would say in the last quarter we are probably seeing the most remarkable resurgence in demand for countryside properties for the last five years.

"In the last five days we have agreed sales on over s5 million worth of properties. Buyers are up 20 or 30 per cent in terms of viewings."
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 02:45 PM   #82
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http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...APP&key=579664

2012/07863/PA

Here's some low density housing for that empty land near Monument Road, Ladywood.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 08:34 PM   #83
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one of a flurry of housing development apps...

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Application Number 2012/07879/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Martineau Centre 74-100 Balden Road Harborne Birmingham B32 2EH
Proposal Demolition of the majority of the existing buildings on site and residential development of 143 dwellings and associated works. Change of use of clock tower building from office (Use Class B1a) to 6 no. residential dwellings (Use Class C3) and community floor space (Use Class D1) addition of associated landscaping and two access points onto Balden Road.
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Application Number 2012/07634/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Former Cape Hill Brewery Land off City Road Cape Hill Birmingham
Proposal Erection of 73 dwellings, access roads, landscaping works and associated engineering works
http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...APP&key=578824




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Application Number 2012/07097/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Land at the Manor House Bristol Road South Northfield Birmingham B31 2AE
Proposal Retention and conversion of Manor House to create 20 no. apartments. Refurbishment of Rose Cottage and Windmill Cottage and erection of 103 new dwellings (following demolition of remaining buildings) with associated access, parking and external works
http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...APP&key=577262
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:36 PM   #84
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Also this for Newtown too..

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Application Number 2012/06728/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Land at Alma Way, High Street, Clifford Walk, Rodway Close and Newbury Road North East Newtown Birmingham
Proposal Erection of 168 houses and apartments for rent & private sale with associated area of public open space, new highways, landscaping and car parking, part closure of Alma Way & Gordon Avenue
http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...APP&key=576411
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #85
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Contracts awarded for Sandwell housebuilding programme

Last updated: 11th Dec 2012 at 08:02am

More than 750 houses are set to be built across Sandwell as the council awards contracts to a host of housebuilders for the project.

Kier Partnership Homes, Barratt Homes and Compendium Living have been appointed on the programme which will include five major developments built in West Bromwich, Smethwick, Wednesbury and Tipton.

The schemes propose to build more than 750 houses by 2015 thanks in part to a £10m investment contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

It will include family homes as well as bungalows for older people and will be a mixture of properties for private sale and for social rent.

Kier Partnership Homes will build homes in Greets Green and Tipton, while Barratt Homes will construct properties in the Windmill Lane area of Smethwick.

Compendium Living has been handed the contract to build properties in the Harvills Hawthorn area of Wednesbury, as well as providing new homes for the Durham Estate, West Bromwich.

Leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper said: "This is a very welcome addition to the desperate housing situation in the borough. I am hoping that building work on the first houses in the Windmill Lane area will start in March next year."
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #86
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Application Number 2012/08228/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Land at Sheldon Heath Road and Platt Brook Way Sheldon Birmingham B26 2DS
Proposal Erection of 100 no. two, three, four and five bedroom dwellings for affordable rent and market sale with associated external works, parking and landscaping
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Old April 1st, 2013, 10:02 PM   #87
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Technically in Sandwell but a stone's throw from the city centre, Smethwick's house- building programme continues its surge forward.It's good to see how they are using Rolfe Street Satation as a focal point for the área.Click on the link to see the detailed plans (then open further link) : http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/downloads...nning_document

The latest phase of this project was approved recently : http://www.expressandstar.com/news/p...ethwick-homes/
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 04:15 PM   #88
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That's a great read.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:29 PM   #89
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when's the Ickenield Port Loop kicking off?
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when's the Ickenield Port Loop kicking off?
2013/14 was talked about
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Old April 4th, 2013, 05:13 PM   #91
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you've got an insider here as I'll be working on a part of that, yet to find out where!
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Old April 4th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #92
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an app has gone in for Longbridge Flight Shed - 95 homes

Just to add work has begun on Longbridge East Works Housing - 725 homes
another 19 properties have started on the popular park view development now consists of - 134 homes

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Application Number 2013/02292/PA
Application Type Outline
Site Address Former Flight Shed Land corner of Lowhill Lane and Groveley Lane Longbridge Birmingham B45 8UN
Proposal Outline planning application (with all matters reserved except access) for the erection of up to 95 dwellings and works associated with re-profiling of site levels
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I doubt it will be long before they have to construct a school?
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Old April 9th, 2013, 07:22 PM   #93
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and another 82 gone in today


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Application Number 2013/02364/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Lickey Road and part of former North Works Longbridge Birmingham B45
Proposal Residential development comprising 18 no. x 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and 64 no. x 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, access, parking and landscaping

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Demolition and initial preparation is well underway for the new housing development in Newtown behind the Holte School running down to the Walsall Road and the new Lighthouse youth centre
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^ Birchfield Road mate
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Old April 25th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #97
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There have been a number of articles recently about the lack of new housing in Birmingham.This article hints at the need for greater density : http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news...ilding-3012084
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I've just finished my dissertation on where it went wrong for tower blocks in Birmingham (which I'm actually considering expanding into a full blown book but we'll see), and it seems to me that there is little inherently wrong with high-density housing so long as it is of high quality design and construction, properly managed and that there are adequate community amenities.

I'm not suggesting we should start building tower blocks again as I don't think these are the solution but building at higher densities is possible and very much necessary. However it's almost unrealistic to expect the factors I've mentioned above to be truly taken into account by private housebuilders when their main concern is revenue. Costs are cut wherever they can be and it was this same attitude by the council in the 1950s and 60s that led to the rapid deterioration of tower blocks.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #99
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I suppose with the advent of proper energy saving devices, money could be recouped in the long run if architects / developers really thought about their objectives. For example: every new low-rise structure should have solar panels and wind turbines on the roof; for multi-storey blocks, again, solar / wind options and to help create a sustainability / self-sufficiency feel-good mood, the use of incorporated gardens / community balconies for growing crops etc. Just my observations.
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those things cost money which as i've seen, developers dont want to spend.
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