Major regeneration plan for Aston area

By on 19/06/2012 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News

A major regeneration plan which will see the creation of 5,000 jobs and 1,700 new homes is to be put before cabinet.

The Aston, Newtown and Lozells Area Action Plan sets out a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to shaping housing, employment, local centres, community facilities, transport and the environment, to 2026.

The plan will be submitted to Full Council for adoption following consideration by cabinet on 25 June.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “This regeneration project will see the area undergo a huge transformation, with a better choice and quality of housing, good access to local facilities, jobs and a real sense of identity.

“The economic regeneration will be secured through the creation of new jobs, particularly at the Aston regional investment site, capitalising on the area's strategic location and proximity to the motorway network. We will support existing businesses and industry and improve access to employment and skills training for local residents so that they can benefit from these new opportunities.”

The main proposals in the plan are:

• A regional investment site at Aston, near Salford Lake, creating a high quality business park for advanced manufacturing companies, including hotel, and other facilities, providing an estimated 3,000 new jobs
• Improved public transport services for the A34 including better access at Perry Barr station.
• The £5 million MyPlace youth centre in Newtown which opened June 2012
• Major housing regeneration in Newtown and Lozells
• The growth of Perry Barr/Birchfield with new housing, shops, leisiure and employment.
• Policies setting design and quality standards for new developments and developer contributions for affordable housing, open space, transport infrastructure and employment strategies

If the plan is adopted, work will begin on marketing and developing the regional investment site, planning the growth of Perry Barr/Birchfield and on continuing the housing regeneration programme in Newtown.

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