Birmingham City Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a £35 million retirement village at St. Modwen’s £1 billion Longbridge regeneration scheme.
Set on five acres fronting Lickey Road on the edge of Longbridge Town Centre, the three and five storey village will provide 260 one and two bed apartments carefully designed to encourage and support an independent and enriching lifestyle. Up to 50 jobs will be delivered with a further 200 jobs on site during the construction phase.
The village is one of at least five developments planned for Birmingham as part of a £200 million development programme between The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council. Three of the villages have already opened, most recently a 240-home village on Hagley Road last October. Another is set to open in Bournville next year.
The ExtraCare Charitable Trust submitted the planning application for the retirement village, including a new access road and roundabout, undercroft parking and landscaping, to Birmingham City Council after purchasing the land from St. Modwen.
Mark Curran, development and sales director at The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, said: “We are delighted with this decision from Birmingham City Council. This development will further secure Birmingham’s position as a leading provider of innovative retirement communities in the UK.
“We are looking forward to moving onto the Longbridge site next year and will be engaging closely with local older people during the village’s construction phase. Our ambition is to help grow a thriving community that closely matches the needs and aspirations of our future residents and local people in the surrounding neighbourhood.”
Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “This decision marks a significant step forward for what will be a very exciting addition to the evolving Longbridge regeneration project.
“The aim of Longbridge is to be an all-inclusive, connected community that provides living, employment and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. The ExtraCare village complements this vision and we look forward to construction work starting early next year.”
Designed by Birmingham-based Nicol Thomas Architects, the Longbridge retirement village will offer a range of communal facilities including a village hall, bar and restaurant, gym, IT suite, hair and beauty salon and shop that can be accessed by residents, their families and Longbridge residents. Up to 50 activities will also be on offer per week including choir singing, IT, wheelchair aerobics and gardening.
ExtraCare residents will also benefit from the fast-growing Longbridge community which has so far seen a £300 million investment from St. Modwen and the creation of 3,500 jobs since regeneration began in 2003. Nearly 400 homes have been built by St. Modwen Homes and through a joint venture with Persimmon, and the £70 million town centre features household retailers including Sainsbury’s, Costa Coffee, Premier Inn and Beefeater. Work is about to begin on the second phase of retail to include a landmark 150,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer store, an additional 45,000 sq ft of retail space and car parking. Learning and leisure opportunities include the £66 million Bournville College and £2 million Austin Park.