Next step for Druids Heath regeneration

By on 10/05/2016 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, Cllr Cotton, News

Cabinet is set to give the go-ahead to the development of a plan to identify the investment required to regenerate Druids Heath.

The funding itself will come from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), rather than Birmingham City Council, but the proposed Druids Heath Investment Options Strategy aims to identify the priorities for the estate and how these will be addressed in terms of the funding required for the necessary investment and regeneration.

Cllr Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said: “Druids Heath has remained largely unchanged since it was developed in the 1960s, based around a Radburn-style layout with substantial areas of open space which are not being used to their full potential.

“It remains the only large municipal estate in Birmingham which has received no major regeneration and is an area which represents a significant housing market and regeneration opportunity. This is why there is a need for a strategy to identify the priorities for the area and the level of investment required to address these and, ultimately, transform Druids Heath into a high quality and sustainable environment for the communities who live there.”

Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for neighbourhood management and homes, said: “We know that in many cases, homes built in the 1960s no longer meet the needs and aspirations of families in modern-day Birmingham.

“This strategy is about looking closely at the needs of Druids Heath and ensuring we address these in the most effective way, delivering the homes and neighbourhoods that people want and aspire to. I am pleased that we are now able to set the ball rolling.”

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets on 17 May.

A further report will go before cabinet at a future date, asking for approval on the preferred options for addressing key priorities and the overall regeneration strategy for the estate.

To read the cabinet report and related documents, please click here

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