Birmingham’s preparations to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games sprinted ahead last month (December 20) with the approval of the Planning Application for the residential element of the Athletes Village.
The planning application approved today is for the first phase of a wider regeneration scheme for Perry Barr, which will provide around 1,400 new homes. The properties are being built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus and will accommodate around 6,500 athletes and officials coming to Birmingham in the summer of 2022 when the Games take place.
After the Games, the properties will be converted to provide around 1,400 new homes across a range of tenures – social and affordable rent, homes for sale, and for private rent – creating a new high-quality residential neighbourhood for Perry Barr.
The development, unanimously approved by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee, will also include a retirement village and a community centre.
And in recognition of the importance of the scheme as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Perry Barr, financial support has been secured for the council-led scheme from central government (£165million) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (£20million).
Work is set to begin on site in early 2019, to ensure completion in time for the arrival of representatives from the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories in the summer of 2022.