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Old June 29th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #121
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I'm confused. "Town centre", "High street", it's none of these things, nothing like what I expected when they announced this way back when.

Units 7 to 13, are these opening onto the High Street or the car park? If the High Street, why would Sainsbury's customers ever go down there?

I was at least expecting High Street to be pedestrianised.

The parking and entrance roads should not be in the middle of the shops. As said above, this creates more of an out of town retail park look. A town centre should be something for the locals, not something you drive to necessarily, it needs walkways and pedestrian zones..

But hey, they drew some lines on a map and said "people can walk here lol" so it's ok.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #122
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For all it's faults Dickens Heath had developed a little High Street, this looks more like a retail park...
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Old June 29th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #123
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Units 7 - 13 face outwards onto high st

The eventual road phasing is to streamline the A38 with lickey road as an off spur

I think they've really missed an opportunity here, M&S could have and should in my opion be on the land bounded by Borunville College, Bristol Road and Austin Park

The big retail units should have stayed as planned continuing on from units 7 - 13 (where M&S is proposed to go)

The future community and leisure should have gone opposite that where there is the surface parking, curving around to have an entrance on the park side

The surface car park scrapped and just keep the MSCP which is proposed

move the building proposed for the land bounded by austin park, bristol road and bournville college to where the surface parking and large retail units are

would have helped with movement better having a MSCP one side meaning to get to M&S you'd have to walk up the high st and through the park
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Old June 29th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #124
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i just dont see why they dont extend the MSCP and thenbring the retail units forward to provide a frontage to the park....
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Old June 29th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #125
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Living in Rubery as I do, I had high hopes when it was first announced 3 or 4 years ago regarding the much mooted £1bn investment planned for Longbridge; am quite happy with the Tech Centre, and to a lesser extent the new college. But looking at the latest plans kindly uploaded by Sefton, my heart sank. I just can't believe how bland & generic this offering really is! It reminds of a smaller Battery Park down the road in Selly Oak - soulless, bland & a total missed opportunity.

I shall be registering my displeasure towards the appropriate people; this is simply not good enough!
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Old June 29th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #126
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So it looks like my concerns are pretty close to being made reality then..
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 09:19 PM   #127
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From Yesterday

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Looking up High St
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High St, Retail units on left, restaurant/Hotel/Offices taking shape on the right
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From behind Bournville College looking back
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Old July 4th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #128
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Has the park started yet?
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Old July 4th, 2012, 10:55 AM   #129
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Interesting in the article i posted on the Birmingham Development Thread it states the Mr Bore - our new leader - feels that the selly Oak development has too much retail in it... how will he take with this scheme also wanting more retail in it!
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Old July 4th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #130
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Park has started they're moving around earth at the moment to prepare bringing the river rea back up to surface
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Old July 4th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #131
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Cheers Sefton.
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 09:56 PM   #132
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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:56 AM   #135
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so did many people comment at the public consultation event about opinions regarding the design of the new high street?
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 09:25 PM   #136
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Work starts on Longbridge office space

Last updated: 2nd Aug 2012 at 08:23am

Birmingham developer St Modwen has started work on 37,000 sq ft pf office space in two new buildings at its £70m Longbridge town centre.

Park Point will be a grade A office building overlooking the £2m two-acre Austin Park which sits at the heart of the town centre and will offer 20,000 sq ft over three storeys.

In addition, the two-storey Seven House will provide 17,000 sq ft of offices in High Street located adjacent to the 85,000 sq ft Sainsbury's.

The floorplates will be capable of sub division to offer smaller office suites from about 2,000 sq ft to 6,500 sq ft.

Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St Modwen, said: "Park Point and Seven House will enhance the offering at Longbridge town centre, which will be one of the region's leading commercial, leisure and retail destinations when it opens in summer 2013.

"Businesses based at the buildings will also have access to a wide range of shops, cafes and leisure facilities within the town centre. These include the new Sainsbury's store which will be opening in summer 2013, as well as the 75-bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater Grill."

Contractor Morgan Sindall began building the town centre last month and is set to complete the scheme
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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:43 PM   #137
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M&S app...

Looks like the large retail units wont be moved and M&S will go where they was planning on moving the large retail units, still a big surface car park in the middle with MSCP in the corner of M&S and the large retail units

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Application Number 2012/05330/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Former North Works Longbridge Town Centre - Phase 2 South of Longbridge Lane Longbridge Birmingham
Proposal Application for retail development (Use Class A1), car parking, access and landscaping comprising - (1) - Outline application for retail unit (Use Class A1), multi level car park (up to two levels), hard and soft landscaping, access and associated infrastructure (all matters reserved except access), and (2) - Full details (matters not reserved) for terrace of retail units (Use Class A1), service space, surface level car parking, hard and soft landscaping, access, roads, footpaths and associated infrastructure
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MORE THAN 80% PRELET!!!

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Planning permission sought for next phase of £1 billion Longbridge regeneration
by Cillian O'Brien, Birmingham Post Aug 14 2012

The firm behind the £1 billion regeneration of a Birmingham suburb has submitted plans for the second phase of its town centre development.

St. Modwen has sought planning permission for a 135,000 sq ft anchor shop, a 400 space decked car park and a 300 space car park in Longbridge, which the firm said will create up to 200 jobs.

Proposals include the reconfiguration of 45,000 sq ft of retail space which has already been granted planning consent.

The plans seek to build on the first phase of the town centre which will open in 2013 with an 85,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s, a 75 bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater Grill, the £2 million two acre Austin Park, shops, two office buildings, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Mike Murrray, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “More than 80 per cent of the retail units in the first phase have been pre-let or are under offer and demand is equally strong at the Longbridge Technology Park and the Park View housing development.

“Next year’s opening of the first phase of the town centre will bring investment at Longbridge up to £250 million.

“This investment has already created 1,160 permanent jobs through the development of the Technology Park, Cofton Centre, and the £66 million new Bournville College which opened last September.”

Seventy five per cent of new homes at the nearby St. Modwen Homes’ Park View development are already sold and the £5 million The Factory youth centre has been completed.

The regeneration of Longbridge aims to create 10,000 jobs, 2,000 new homes, a new town centre, parks and public open space.

Plans for the next phase of the town centre went out to public consultation in June, when St Modwen said there was strong support for the proposals.

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update from the other day

View up High St
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Another view up high St office/hotel/restaurant block on left
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Office/Hotel/Restaurant Block
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Same again but from behind Bournville College
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View towards Sainsburys from behind Bournville College
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Sainsburys
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Sainsburys Corner of High St and Longbridge Lane
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Sainsburys Longbridge Lane
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and finally small retail units on Longbridge Lane
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Old September 6th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #140
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this is really starting to move along now,


Hotel now growing in height
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Office block, tried getting some of the park in but its not visible
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View of "Island Block" I think the concrete section at the base of the building is for the river culvert where it will go back underground
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view to sainsburys
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Longbridge Lane units, now being bricked up
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