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PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR PHASE TWO OF LONGBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE

St. Modwen is inviting members of the public to a consultation event for the next phase of its town centre development which forms part of the £1billion regeneration of Longbridge.

The public consultation will be held at The Factory, Longbridge Lane, Birmingham B31 3HB on Thursday 28th June 2012 from 4pm to 8pm. 

Local residents and interested parties are invited to an exhibition where they can view the plans for the next phase of the town centre.  Based on the provision of a new 130,000 sq ft retail store and associated parking, these plans have been designed as a direct response to an approach by a major UK retailer who is actively seeking to open a store at Longbridge in Summer 2014. 

In addition, the proposals also include the relocation of 45,000 sq ft of retail units which already have planning consent as part of the first phase of the town centre. 

These plans follow on from the first phase of Longbridge town centre which is now well underway and will see an 85,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s and 75 bedroom Premier Inn and Beefeater grill open next year, together with a new £2m two acre Austin Park which forms the centre piece of the town centre.

Representatives from St. Modwen will be on-hand throughout the public consultation, together with the architects, planning consultants, and engineers working on the project.  All will be available to answer questions relating to the proposals, and to receive comments and feedback.

Mike Murray, senior development surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “With work now well underway on the first phase of the town centre, we are keen to build on the momentum that has been created at Longbridge over the last few years.  Our proposals for the next phase of the town centre are in direct response to an active enquiry from a leading UK retailer who we believe will make an excellent addition to the town centre and will also create hundreds of new jobs for the area.”

“In keeping with our overall approach at Longbridge of consulting with the public on an on-going basis, this event will provide local residents the opportunity to find out more about our plans for the next phase of the town centre and to provide us with their comments on the proposals. 

St. Modwen is preparing to submit a planning application for this next phase of the town centre later this summer.

More information on the proposed plans can be found at www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk.