THE first phase of site clearance and demolition has got underway in the redevelopment of Kingshurst village centre.
At the start of the year Birmingham based contractors, City Demolition were appointed to carry out the first phase of site clearance.
This early stage work will involve taking down the old clinic building on Colling Walk and nearby garage blocks and the demolition of the former housing office (Solihull Youth Hub building) on Church Close once vacant.
A phased approach to the overall scheme is being adopted in an effort to minimise disruption to those living and working in Kingshurst to ensure essential community services can remain open throughout the regeneration.
The current phase of demolition does not include any retail units or residential properties.
A full planning application for the scheme was submitted in November which makes provision for up to 79 new sustainable homes, the majority of which will be social rented housing through Solihull Community Housing (SCH), as well as a new vicarage for St Barnabas’ Church.
It also shows an improved road layout linking the village centre to the surrounding area, with open green space and a wide footpath linking Kingshurst Park to the school.
Alongside the new homes the plans also make provision for 1,207m² of modern floor space for a range of retail and high street uses and a further 2,001m² for health uses and flexible community spaces, including a community café, GP, dentist, opticians and pharmacy within a Community Wellness Hub.
Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council and portfolio holder for the economy, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to finally see work getting underway in Kingshurst.
“It’s really important to stress that this is just the first step and that more significant demolition and eventual building works could still be a little way off.
“Our full planning application provides a blueprint for a new centre in Kingshurst, as well as improving and enhancing the physical environment.”