Cabinet are being asked to approve plans to demolish a block of flats in Northfield as part of Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust’s (BMHT) ongoing programme of ensuring its properties are sustainable and meet the needs of residents.
A report to be considered by cabinet on January 26 asks councillors to give the go-ahead to proposals to demolish the block on the corner of Houldey Road and The Fordrough (comprising numbers 1 to 9 Houldey Road and 66 to 92 The Fordrough), as well as rehousing tenants.
Proposals for how the site will be redeveloped will be put forward at a later date, but it is anticipated that it will be used for new housing.
Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “The block in question is poor quality, inefficient, and no longer meets the needs of Birmingham residents in the 21st century.
“We do not take decisions to demolish homes lightly, given the existing housing gap. However, demolishing this block will remove an eyesore as well as helping reduce the opportunity for criminal and anti-social behaviour at this site, thus improving the local environment. We have already consulted with local residents who fully support these proposals.
“Crucially, we want to give this site a new lease of life with high quality housing better suited to the needs of local families – proposals for which will be put forward in due course.”
BMHT is Birmingham City Council’s award-winning house-building programme. The Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust Delivery Plan for 2015-2020 will deliver an estimated 2,056 homes, of which 1,456 will be rented council homes. Through BMHT, the city council has become the leading developer of new homes, within the city, building more new homes than any other provider.