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Old March 29th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #21
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The council want to start constructing a "birmingham home" if they are anything like the dutch counterparts I'll be very happy. Our modern day houisng stock is trash. And I do alot of work in new build housing i'm afraid to say.

I always consider Leamington and Cheltenham's Regency housing a "Midland" brand, even if its not actually ours. Am I the only one who would love to have a Birmingham district of flowing Boulevards, Crescents and Squares in the Regency style, for family housing. The old Matthew Boulton College site in Southside would be perfect.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #22
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The council want to start constructing a "birmingham home" if they are anything like the dutch counterparts I'll be very happy. Our modern day houisng stock is trash. And I do alot of work in new build housing i'm afraid to say.
Birmingham Home was originally part of the big city plan, but the council scrapped the idea and decided not to develop it further. Interesting if they have reopened it.


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I always consider Leamington and Cheltenham's Regency housing a "Midland" brand, even if its not actually ours. Am I the only one who would love to have a Birmingham district of flowing Boulevards, Crescents and Squares in the Regency style, for family housing. The old Matthew Boulton College site in Southside would be perfect.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #23
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I second it too!
Before the design process starts I think all new houses have to have solar panels on the roof and a wind-turbine inside the "chimney" (a brick extension with an aperture just to house the blades.) The Regency look using white render is something that we could easily create and the landscaping within crescents and boulevards should be encouraged inside the ring road especially @ 3-4 storey blocks high.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 04:55 AM   #24
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Maybe not white render though - doesn't go to well next to main roads with all that pollution without regular maintenance.

It's time to really start looking ahead, taking design cues from the successes of earlier architecture like the window arrangements of Georgian properties. Like it's been said earlier, Dutch urban planning and design is incredibly successful in taking such old design cues and applying them in a modern format in a style that is still incredibly attractive, practical and long-lasting.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #25
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Woody could we rename this thread "Birmingham Housing" instead? save clogging up the development thread with housing proposals, anyway

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Birmingham City Council launches funding bid for 900 new homes
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0ShareAdd a commentRecommend BIRMINGHAM’S council house building programme is set to enter its next phase with a funding bid for up to 900 more new homes.

Nine sites across the city have been earmarked for a mix of council, shared ownership and homes for sale which, if approved, will be built over the next four years.

The project is said to be worth £50 million.

These are on top of more than 700 new properties built, or currently under construction, since the city council launched the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust programme two years ago.

The council cabinet is expected to approve a bid to the National Affordable Homes Programme, run by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), for at least 450 and up to 900 new homes when it meets on Monday.

Tory housing chief Coun John Lines said: “This shows that even though we are in a serious economic situation, Birmingham City Council is determined to build new houses for our people.

“And the Government and developers have the confidence to invest in our homes. I am very, very proud of what we are doing.

“This is the third major phase of the house building programme and will not be the last.”

The council has set aside £2 million to fund works around the sites in readiness for construction and is providing the land, the value of which the HCA can match fund to pay for development.

The sites earmarked are for 23 homes on the Bromford estate, 27 in Stechford, 139 in Hawkesley, Kings Norton, 60 at West Heath, 40 at Moors Lane and 100 at Ley Hill, Bartley Green, 120 on the Pitt Farm estate, Erdington, 117 in Lozells and 288 at Newtown.

The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust was launched in 2009 to allow the council to build homes, sell some of them, and keep all the rent and receipts to invest in further housing.

It was a response to the collapse in private sector housing construction and set an ambitious target of building 500 homes a year.

According to a report to the cabinet, Birmingham has an estimated shortfall of 20,000 homes

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Old April 18th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #26
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Not sure if this is best place but it's a housing proposal.

from planning,

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Conversion of offices and roof extension to form 79 no. flats, with ground floor gymnasium, associated external alterations including demolition of facades, 10 no. new build residential units (4 houses and 6 flats) with associated landscaping, parking and access

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Old April 18th, 2011, 09:29 PM   #27
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what a fabulous little scheme
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Old April 18th, 2011, 10:49 PM   #28
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hmm im not sure about this, it's in a conservation area too. dosen't look like it will be good quality and the town houses are rubbish. the lower levels of the main block look good though
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Old April 18th, 2011, 11:48 PM   #29
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Is this for the building opposite cadburys, by bournville train station?
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Old April 19th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #30
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Much better compared with what's there at the moment.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:43 PM   #31
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Housing scheme set for green light
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A controversial 540,000 sq ft housing scheme in Perry Common, Birmingham, is set to go before councillors this Thursday (9 June). Plans for the development, which would create more than 220 houses, have been submitted by Persimmon Homes West Midlands. Despite objections towards the scheme, authority officers have recommended it is granted approval by Birmingham City Council's planning committee.

Wolverhampton-based Persimmon Homes West Midlands has submitted an application for the building of 226 apartments and houses on the land fronting Dovedale Road, Capilano Road, Wendover Road, Enderby Road and Jonquil Close on Perry Common.

The houses would be constructed on five separate parcels of land comprising a mix of detached, semi detached and terraced houses together. Plans for four blocks of three and four-storey apartments have also been put forward.

The five sites, which span a total of 540,348 sq ft of land, will include 107 three-bedroom houses; 40 four-bedroom houses; 39 two-bedroom houses; 38 two-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom flats.

Persimmon has proposed that 76 of the dwellings will be available under the its shared equity ownership scheme.

Alongside the creation of the apartments and houses, the developer has included plans for 384 car parking spaces across the five plots of land.

Persimmon Homes' application – which is seeking full planning approval – has been met with complaints from local residents.

Objectors cite an "unacceptable" rise in traffic and noise, the creation of additional parking problems, disruption during construction work and a rise in crime as issues with the proposals.

An additional complaint included the scheme potentially changing "the whole view of the area". Other objectors claimed an "excessive number" of dwellings was being proposed, along with complaints that the block of flats was "out of character and will also cause parking and road safety problems".

One objector added that no more houses were needed in the area as "it is already difficult to sell existing ones".

Despite the issues raised by residents, officers have recommended the scheme for approval subject to a legal agreement.

The officer's report also states that approval will be recommended under the condition that a financial contribution of £1.85m is paid towards the provision of offsite infrastructure and open space works including the laying out of new open space, improvements to Perry Common Recreation Ground. The contribution will also be used to finance the site's future maintenance, new play facilities and additional highway improvement works.

Councillors will vote on the scheme this Thursday (9 June).
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #32
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Government gives Midlands £30million to help fund 80,000 affordable homes across region
by Chris Henwood, Birmingham Mail Oct 12 2011

AROUND 1,500 new homes are to be built in the West Midlands following a £30 million Government cash injection.

Matrix Housing Partnership won the grant as part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) Affordable Homes Programme, set to deliver 80,000 new affordable homes across England by 2015.

The Matrix Housing Partnership, led by the Accord Group, will develop the West Midlands homes over the next four years.

Key housing projects that will be partly funded by the grant include the Eastern Gateway development in West Bromwich, which will create 70 homes for rent and for sale.

Another 80 affordable homes will also be built on the site of the former Marfield School in Redditch, with work expected to start later this year.

New homes are also planned for other parts of the region, including Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton
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Chris Handy, chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership strategy group, said: “We submitted a high-quality and innovative bid which included a broad range of developments across the West Midlands, so we are delighted to have secured such a significant allocation from the Homes and Communities Agency.

“Building affordable homes for local people is a key priority for us and this grant is testament to our strong delivery record, commitment to partnership working and our ability to provide good quality housing.”

Christine Seaton, area manager for HCA Midlands said: “This agreement is great news as it will see much-needed new homes delivered across the Midlands, and make a significant difference to local communities.

“Our local teams have worked closely with Accord and the Matrix Partnership over recent months to ensure that their programme brings the maximum benefit for local people.”

The Matrix Housing Partnership is made up of Accord, Ashram, Black Country Housing Group, Caldmore, Rooftop, Trent and Dove and Trident housing associations as well as Watmos Community Homes.


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Old October 12th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #33
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Here is an image of the interesting West Brom development :

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/823/...xed-use_scheme

Here is the plan in greater detail :

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/downloads...plan_june_2010
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Old November 18th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #34
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£10m housing scheme set for Edgbaston

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Taylor Wimpey Midlands is set to construct £10m of new housing on Highfield Road, Edgbaston. The housebuilder purchased the land from property investor Calthorpe Estates.

Birmingham-based Calthorpe sold the long leasehold on 1.74-acres of land to Taylor Wimpey, with planning consent in place for a development of 57 new homes.

The development, known as Highfield Gardens, will comprise 57 apartments, including 33 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom properties.

Four three-bedroom townhouses and two one-bedroom coach houses will also be constructed.

Andrew Taylor, regional land director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: "Highfield Gardens is set to tap into the pent-up demand that exists in the regional marketplace for aspirational new homes in a sought-after location.

"Edgbaston is highly regarded as one of the very best places to live and work in the Midlands, and Taylor Wimpey is delighted to have a presence in the area once again with such an exclusive new development."
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http://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/newhom...hfieldGardens/
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Old November 19th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #35
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[QUOTE=sefton66;85818990]http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/...ton/index.html

I'm trying to figure out exactly where this is, it obviously takes in quite a lot of land?
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Old November 19th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #36
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I like the designs;compact and simple .
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Old November 20th, 2011, 04:27 PM   #37
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Not sure about this sort of development on that exact road in Edgbaston. I can't help feeling that the proposed buildings will just stick out like a sore thumb on a road which is primarily white georgian buildings.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #38
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This is good news for Birmingham CC, although they will be taking on a debt ALL future council house rent will be BCC's to spend and reinvest, I expect we will see a surge in council house stock now. With over 65,000 homes and more in the pipeline it could be a real potential income boost

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Birmingham City Council has approved a three-year council housing investment programme of £297m up to 2015.

In the next financial year (April 2012) the council - which owns some 65,000 homes - said £98m will be spent including £59m on a continuing programme to maintain properties at the Decent Home Standard.

The council said it will spend £36m on the provision of new affordable homes with £3m on an adaptations programme to promote independent living for tenants in their properties.

As well as upgrades to kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems, it will also embark on a programme to upgrade its concierge and security systems in tower blocks and continue its fire protection work in multi-storey properties.

The investment, it says, is a result of the flexibilities that are available to the council as part of the new Housing Revenue Account (HRA) self financing framework being introduced in April 2012.

As part of the deal to go 'self-financing' it will have to take on a slice of the national housing debt from when its stock was first built. This equates to £336m.

However, in return, the council will be allowed to keep all its rental income instead of it being pooled and distributed by central Government. This allows it to create a long-term business plan and borrow cash on the back of its projected rental income.

The investment, it says, will ensure that previous assets are protected and tenants continue to see key elements of their properties being replaced.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “First and foremost this investment is good news for our tenants. In addition, the joint lobbying of members/tenants secured resources for an adaptations programme.

“The council’s proposals for 2012/13 and beyond will allow tenants to benefit by replacing essentials in their home including central heating, windows, kitchens and bathrooms.

“The plans will ensure that the investment of £800m that we have already completed will be protected for the future.”

The investment will also allow the provision of 232 new affordable homes for the council.

The council announced earlier this month plans to freeze council rents until 2013.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #39
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In relation to the Birmingham home discussion above.

Urban Splash are due to release something very soon.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #40
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I was just about to ask if it had anything to do with the Birchfield Road tower blocks, then I remembered...
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