Future Plans for Aston, Newtown and Lozells

By on 24/02/2011 in News

Public consultation was today launched on a wide-ranging regeneration programme for Aston, Newtown and Lozells, which will see the transformation of the area over the next 15 years.

The proposals form the basis of a new 'Area Action Plan' (AAP) which, following public consultation, will be submitted to Central Government for formal approval later this year.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, said: “Perhaps more so now than ever before, the AAP provides a clear direction and specific plans for how much-needed investment and growth is to be co-ordinated across Aston, Newtown and Lozells into the future.

“From housing to business, job creation to leisure, it clearly outlines how the Council will work with residents and our partners in using a number of key sites within the area as a catalyst for regeneration.”

Key features of the proposed AAP include:

o A 20ha Regional Investment Site near Salford Lake, on Aston Hall Road, and the former Serpentine site providing around 3,000 net new jobs,

o Around 1,730 new homes across the Plan area with major housing regeneration in Newtown and Birchfield and a range of physical improvements in Lozells,

o Growth and enhancement of Birchfield/ Perry Barr Centre with an additional 25,000 sq.m. of retail floorspace and 10,000 sq.m. of office floor space to be delivered through the Perry Barr/ Birchfield – A34 North Corridor Regeneration Framework,

o Designation of Industrial Regeneration Areas in Tame Road, Wyrley Road and at New Town Row with continued protection for employment uses,

o Developments at New John Street West for health, leisure, housing, employment/ light industrial, hotel and community uses with enhanced public open space

o A proposed Rapid Transit Corridor on the A34 Birchfield Road

o A £5m My Place Youth Centre in Newtown

Initial work to develop an Area Action Plan began in 2007 with four possible options put forward for consideration. This resulted in the selection of a 'preferred option' which was subject to extensive public consultation in the latter half of 2009.

The plan has now been refined following comments made during the consultation and further technical studies. The Plan has now been published for final formal consultation which started on Monday 21st February and ends on the 1st April 2011

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