St. Modwen has submitted five planning applications aimed at delivering the next phase of regeneration at Longbridge.
The submissions come after strong interim results posted by the UK’s leading regeneration specialists. These identified Longbridge as a key highlight of the quarter following the opening of the first phase of the new Town Centre, anchored by Sainsbury’s and including Costa Coffee, Greggs, Beefeater and Hungry Horse restaurants and a Premier Inn hotel, as well as moving forward with the next stage of residential development at Longbridge.
The developer has submitted further planning applications to release three new residential development sites, together with associated road infrastructure and site preparation works. In total the sites at Lickey Road and Low Hill Lane will provide up to 400 new apartments and houses including affordable houses to rent and buy through shared equity.
David Dodge, Senior Residential Development Surveyor commented that: ‘New homes at Longbridge have already proved extremely popular, all properties are now sold in the first two phases of our Park View development.’
“The creation of almost 400 new homes, including affordable houses to rent and buy, represents a significant investment and is further evidence of our commitment to making the regeneration of Longbridge a success.”
“Not only are we delivering high quality physical regeneration but with a construction cost estimate of almost £50 million we will be supporting the creation of around another 160 full time construction jobs per year over the lifetime of the sites. In addition to this, we have committed to provide construction training places on each and every phase of the residential development.”
A detailed planning application has also been submitted for new infrastructure at Longbridge, including new roads to provide access to the new residential areas as well as opening up access to the employment areas.
The final application is on behalf of Bournville College to create a specialist Construction Centre. Comprising over 30,000 sq ft of specialist education accommodation on the Longbridge Technology Park, to add to the education facilities already at Longbridge.
Mike Murray, Senior Development Surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “The regeneration of Longbridge is really gathering pace, following the opening of the new town centre at the end of August. We’re now looking to move forward with the next stage of development following the huge success of the first phase of homes at Park View and we’re pleased to be working on delivering the next phase to provide high quality houses and apartments. We have already created 3,500 jobs on site and these current developments will push the total number of jobs to around 4,000.
“This new residential accommodation forms part of St Modwen’s overall aim to deliver a vibrant mixed-use community with up to 2,000 new homes together with employment and retail facilities to support up to 10,000 jobs over the next 15 years.
“The area benefits from a wide range of amenities, including a new £70 million town centre, a three acre park, children’s play facilities, employment and education and strong transport links.
“The purpose built Construction Centre for Bournville College is further proof of our commitment to deliver on our ambitions for a mixed use, community focused environment in which to live, work and socialise.”
The planning applications have all been registered with Birmingham City Council and are available to view and comment on at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningapplications.
Access to information on the application can also be found by logging on to: www.longbridgelife.co.uk/applications