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Old June 7th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #81
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I understand where you are coming from BrummieLad , but ironically this impressive development is a lot closer to the city centre than Northfield will ever be .I must say that the plans look very promising , as do the new builds going up behind the Metro station.Well done West Brom .
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The Stafford Road facing part of Akron Gate (Goodyear factory, Wolverhampton, Persimmon Homes)) is on it's way up now. Will be interesting to see what it looks like.

http://www.persimmonhomes.com/files/...igin/37302.gif

Judging by this map I think it's flats facing the Stafford Road, so that'll be


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Old June 8th, 2012, 01:22 AM   #83
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I feel like the Sandwell and Dudley boroughs has really been setting the standard for providing sustainable and affordable homes in the region for a good while. Whether its new-build properties or the refurbishment of tower blocks, they really show everyone how it should be done... This will prove massively beneficial for them in the long term, I think.
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About time work stated on this site, hopefully work will start soon after approval




Masterplan here
http://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/N...rod_DC_PLANAPP
and the contracts been awarded for all 400 homes, great news for the area, its lay as an empty site for a good few years now, with all the housing going up/planned for in the Longbridge/Frankley/Rubery area I wonder when we will see plans for new schools in the area, cant be far off

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Affordable homes specialist Kier Partnership Homes has secured the latest phase of development at Egghill in Birmingham.

Kier will build 400 new homes and a neighbourhood park on Tessall Lane in Northfield with a development value of £52m.

This builds on the successful first phase of development at the site, ‘Balaam Wood’, where Kier is currently delivering 58 new homes.

Phase 3 will comprise 122 houses and flats for Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and a further 278 two, three and four-bedroom homes for outright sale.

Kier Partnership Homes’ appointment, managing director Chris King said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by BMHT to continue our association with them on the latest phase of development planned for Egghill.”

The development at Egghill is BMHT’s first to offer new family homes for both private sale and social rent side by side.
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Looks good - been a long time coming
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Old June 17th, 2012, 03:14 AM   #86
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500 new Properties for Burntwood

Wasn't really sure where to put this. Found whilst searching for land with planning perm on it.

And found a whopper of a site!

http://www.findaproperty.com/for-sale/property-11732291

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire 151.88 acres (61.46 ha) of strategic land on the edge of Burntwood and Hammerwich with long road frontages.There has been a high level of interest in the land and offers are now invited to be received by 3pm Wednesday 27th June 2012. Offers must be in writing and be received at Smiths Gore, 2-3 Sherbrook House, Swan Mews, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6TU. Further information upon request.

The land is situated in three separate blocks, separated by public roads, lying within and to the west of the village of Hammerwich as well as between Hammerwich and the larger conurbation of Burntwood which lies to the north and west of the land as shown on the plan attached. The surrounding area has excellent transport and communication links being just a short distance from M6 Toll road, directly to the South, and Lichfield City centre with good road links for current agricultural operations.The land has been assessed by Lichfield District Council as being 'suitable' for residential development potentially yielding 500 houses. Following promotion in the 'Call for Sites' as part of the Local Development Framework, the 2011 SHLAA assessed Lot 1 as being suitable for 313 houses and Lot 2 for 187 houses. The SHLAA is a key part of the evidence base for the Local Development Framework and will form part of the Options which go forward to public consultation. The sites have not yet been allocated for development. Further information is available from Lichfield District Council.


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Sounds like a nice big development to me!
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From first impressions, sounds like a land bank scam. Seen one of these advertising land in the the gap between the Lickey and Waseley Hills - not a hope in hell it would ever get permission!
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"The sites have not yet been allocated for development." - the key part of the whole description. The council are going to consider if the site is one they want to see developed and the decision will be a little while off. It's going to involve public consultations which could very possible result in a lot of opposition to development of this site.
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Smith Gore are a reputable company so this isn't a scam but the site will require significant promotion and work to get planning. It does help that it in the SHLAA though so it's not a complete no hoper, depends on how Lichfield are doing on their 5 year supply
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Burntwood is one of those places that I'm not sure if it really exists. I've been to nearby Lichfield and Cannock many times and always see signs to Burntwood but have never been in or through the town. I don't even know if it has a town centre or anything.
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Burntwood is one of those places that I'm not sure if it really exists. I've been to nearby Lichfield and Cannock many times and always see signs to Burntwood but have never been in or through the town. I don't even know if it has a town centre or anything.
It's a clearly defined town (as in a blob of urban area wrapped in greenbelt) of some 25,000.. It has a college, high street, and a definite town centre (albeit run down). Horrible place really but definately exists!
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Burntwood is one of those places that I'm not sure if it really exists. I've been to nearby Lichfield and Cannock many times and always see signs to Burntwood but have never been in or through the town. I don't even know if it has a town centre or anything.
I'd say I live less than 5 miles away from Burntwood, and have also never been there. Mind you, I've never been to cannock. I never go that far west from where I live, only really rugeley.

From what I see, Burntwood and Chasetown are much the same place.
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Chasetown is an area of Burntwood (but started as a seperate settlement).
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Old July 5th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #95
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I'm pretty sure when there was uproar from Labour when the conservatives were in charge and the possibilty of building on green belt was bought up...


Anyway I think the idea of a new "city" inbetween Birmingham and Coventry in the Meriden Gap is a great idea when HS2 is up and running, will help better link up both cities in my opinion. Talk of Redditch, Tamworth and Bromsgrove also helping out to reach the number of homes, should do good for a "closer" Greater Birmingham feel

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by Jonathan Walker, Birmingham Post Jul 5 2012

Birmingham’s Labour administration has refused to rule out building on the green belt as it looks to solve the city’s increasing housing crisis.

The group was elected with a manifesto pledge to build 70,000 new homes by 2026, but now claims the city may need up to 90,000.

Labour was challenged by Liberal Democrat councillors to rule out house building on the green belt, parks and public open space and garden grabbing until every inch of previously developed brown field land has been used first.

But in a heated city council debate the Labour group hit back saying that homes and jobs were the priority, claiming the Lib Dems were wilfully ignoring the housing crisis.

The projected need for 70,000 new homes is the conclusion of a strategic housing market assessment by the council’s development directorate earlier this year, but now new evidence suggests the city may need even more.

A strategic land availability report found that there is only capacity for 43,000 homes within the existing built up area.

The growing crisis is a result of general population growth in one of Europe’s youngest cities and changing households as more couples and families live apart.

It is meeting this shortfall of at least 26,500 homes which could prove a headache for the Labour administration and make it difficult to deliver the ambitious target.

Labour leader Sir Albert Bore revealed last month that he would approach neighbouring boroughs to see if they are able to help the council find the space for extra homes.

The council’s core strategy allows for it to offset its housing demand by showing that demand can be met in a neighbouring authority and the council already has a deal with a Black Country authority and is in talks with Bromsgrove and Solihull.

Council leaders are keen to encourage house building as it will not only meet demand, reduce waiting lists of up to 99 years for larger four and five bedroom family council homes, but also create construction jobs and boost the city economy.

But Lib Dem David Radcliffe (Selly Oak) said: “Building 70,000 homes will be an environmental disaster, leading to the loss of public open space, loss of gardens in our mature suburbs and ultimately building on the green belt.

“We are proposing 70,000 homes in a city which will not have an environment worth living in.”

His colleague Jerry Evans (Springfield) questioned the validity of the 70,000 estimate and said that the proposal would amount to the city giving up 5.3 square kilometres of green space for residential development.

He warned that if the council opens up the possibility of green belt land then ‘developers will simply go where there are greater profits’ rather than tackle the more difficult inner city sites or contaminated and previously developed land.

Deputy leader Ian Ward pointed out that the previous Tory-Lib Dem council had earmarked green belt land near Coleshill Lane in his own Shard End ward for 400 homes.

They had also been prepared to sell off parkland to build superstores at the Swan Centre, the Fox and Goose and Woodgate Valley. And sites such as the Martineau Centre, a former school and playing fields in Harborne, had been last year earmarked by the council for housing development – amid much local protest.

He said: “It is ridiculous to suggest that we shouldn’t build these houses until every shred of brown field land is used. That would mean we would never get the 400 homes in Shard End.”

Coun Ward stressed that all options will be explored. “The total according to the housing strategy is going up.”

There will be a survey of available land, including land which may be suitable but not currently classified as residential. Then the council will look at housing densities.

Once those options, and neighbouring authorities have been explored, then the council will look at the gap and the options. “We also need to protect industrial land,” Coun Ward explained, “We are going to need those jobs.”

His cabinet colleague in charge of jobs and development Coun Tahir Ali (Nechells) added: “Without this housing our life chances and economic prospects will be damaged.

“With a long term capacity of 43,000 homes in the built up area, development in the green belt cannot be ruled out.”

He added that the council’s own mature suburbs policy and the new National Planning Policy Framework offers protection from garden grabbing and that the council would guarantee industrial land for job creation.

The policy was backed by Coun John Clancy (Lab, Quinton) who said: “It is essential we invest in houses. We will make long term savings on health, education and the welfare budgets. It is the best way to bring down the deficit.

“We need to build something the people want us to build. This city has built enough prestige buildings, large offices and retail parks, now is the time to build houses and homes. We are in crisis, but the Lib Dems are trying to stop us building houses.”

There are currently an estimated 30,000 on the waiting list for the city’s 65,000 homes, with an average six year wait. There was little, if any council house building in Birmingham for 30 years until 2009, when the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust was set up to deliver 500 homes a year and fill the gap at a time when private sector housing development was drying up.

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Housing regeneration scheme re-launched : http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2012/0...ed-by-council/
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As above, great news. I wonder when icknield port loop will get off the ground?
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Birmingham City Council has approved plans to start work on a housing regeneration scheme that stalled when a private finance initiative (PFI) funding programme was cancelled as a result of government cuts.
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I hadn't even heard of the Pype Hayes area : http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2012/0...ransformation/
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I know tower blocks aren't exactly liked by many people, but with such a housing shortage should we really be demolishing structurally sound buildings that offer so much accommodation on such a small plot of land? we should be renovating the blocks and replacing the housing estates around them


Anyway, Brent Council are seeking deals with landlords in Birmingham and Coventry for some of its tennants, further adding to our housing shortage....

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A SOUTH London council could solve a high-rent housing crisis by sending its poorest families to live in Birmingham.

More than 3,000 people in Brent will be unable to pay their rent when a new £500 per week benefit cap is introduced next April.

Brent Council plans to rehome as many affected families as possible in lower-rent areas near London, including Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

But housing chiefs in the London borough are also looking at striking deals with private landlords in Birmingham, Coventry, and Swindon, where rents are even cheaper.

A report to the council’s executive said: “With the introduction of the overall benefit cap in April 2013, benefits are to be capped at £500 a week – this includes all benefits including housing benefit.

“The Department for Work and Pensions states that approximately 3,000 families will be affected in Brent and for these, rents will no longer be affordable.

“For example, a couple with three children on Universal Credit will have a personal allowance of £332.

“With benefits capped at £500, their maximum rent allowance will be £168.

“The local housing allowance rent for a three-bed property in the south of the borough is £340 per week, leaving a weekly shortfall of £172.

“In this example the household will lose nearly £9,000 per year.

“The largest households will lose substantially more.”

According to tables produced by Brent Council, a family of two adults and three children could afford to live in a three or four bed house in Coventry within the benefit cap.

Only families with four children would still struggle to afford a suitable property in Coventry.

And yet the region is struggling with its own housing crisis, as the Mail has reported previously.

In October it was revealed that the housing waiting list in the West Midlands topped 183,000 at the end of last year – 45.3 per cent higher than the 126,629 hoping for a home in 2006, according to statistics released by the National Housing Federation.

The federation said the slump in supply of homes has seen house prices in Birmingham rocket to an average of £153,660 – more than seven times the income of city workers.

House prices in Birmingham have increased by 78 per cent in the last decade alone, while wages have only risen by 25 per cent.
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Birmingham’s rapidly expanding population means the city needs to plan for around 80,000 new homes and more than 100,000 new jobs by 2031.

Experts have calculated that the city’s current urban area only has enough space for up to 43,000 new dwellings – a shortfall of 30,000 homes. For this reason, the council is now exploring options to release some of the city’s Green Belt land for housing development.

It is also considering options for a new site for economic development of at least 50-hectares on Green Belt land to bring new investment and jobs to the city. This is because there is a shortage of land available for economic development in the city’s urban area.

These Green Belt considerations come as a direct result of the latest Census figures which indicate that Birmingham’s population grew by 88,000 to 1.074 million between 2001 and 2011 – a growth 40,000 higher than earlier estimates. The total population is predicted to grow by up to 150,000 to more than 1.2 million in the next 20 years.

The new Birmingham Development Plan is proposing to consider options in four Green Belt areas to the north and east of Sutton Coldfield. These areas are:

Hill Wood, east of Watford Gap, north of Mere Green/Roughley
land west of the M6 Toll, east of Roughley and Whitehouse Common
land west of Sutton Coldfield Bypass(A38), near Walmley
land east of Sutton Coldfield Bypass(A38), also near Walmley
It is estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 new homes could be built in the Green Belt, along with the potential for a new 50-hectare site for economic development.

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We need to create a city fit for a growing, successful population.

“The latest official figures tell us that Birmingham’s population has grown faster than previously thought, and that it will grow substantially again by 2031. As a result, we have developed a number of options for new housing and economic developments.

“There is simply not enough room left in Birmingham’s urban areas for this growth, and so potential Green Belt options have to be explored.

“These are carefully laid out in the new Birmingham Development Plan’s Options Consultation document. It is important to stress that no preferred option has been identified at this stage, and there is no intention that all of the options should be developed. But we need to understand that there are some difficult issues that need to be addressed.

“We cannot ignore the growth in population and the related increase in housing and employment needs, because to do so would be a failure that could easily be challenged by developers. And to do so would lead to more overcrowding, increased poor health and further deprivation.

“Instead, we want a robust plan that will meet future housing needs and at the same time will diversify and strengthen the city’s economic base.

“The plans will now be put out for public consultation. All views expressed and comments made will be assessed and will help us to define which option, or combination of options, if any, are selected.”

Click on the following link to take part in the consultation: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/plan2031

You have until 14 January 2013 to let us know what you think about the different options.
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