Future Plans for Aston, Newtown and Lozells

By on 06/12/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet will on Monday (13th December) be asked to give its backing to a wide-ranging regeneration plan for Aston, Newtown and Lozells, which will see the transformation of the entire area over the next 15 years.

If given the go-ahead, the proposals will form the basis of a new 'Area Action Plan' (AAP) which, following public consultation, will be submitted to Central Government for formal approval next year.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation 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:

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

• Housing growth of approximately 840 net additional (1,728 gross) dwellings across the Plan area with major housing regeneration in Newtown and environmental improvements, eco-refurbishments and infill developments in Lozells

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

• Designation of Industrial Regeneration Areas in Tame Road, Wyrley Road and at Newtown Row with continued protection for employment uses;

• New mixed-use development on New John Street West for health, leisure, housing, employment/ light industrial, hotel and community uses with enhanced public open space

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, and is due to be released for a final formal consultation period of six weeks in February 2011.

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