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Chelmsley Wood masterplan on show

Solihull Editorial 8th Feb, 2023   0

SILHILLIANS can take a look at what Chelmsley Wood could look like in the future as the new regeneration masterplan are on show.

Key features of plans for the Northwest Quarter of the town centre are on display at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre in the vacant retail unit next to Heron Foods for the next two weeks.

It’s hoped the newly approved masterplan, which focuses on the Northwest Quarter of the town centre, will be the first step in a phased plan of redevelopment which could see the town centre completely transformed over the decade.

Members from the Council’s project team will be on hand at the shopping centre to talk people through the masterplan tomorrow (February 9) and on Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 2pm.

Since then, The Council has been working to develop a vision for the Northwest Quarter, which includes the Police Station, Job Centre, vacant former library site, BT Telephone Exchange, and former Royal Mail sorting facility.

The Council say the delivery of Phase 3, which incorporates the existing police station, would be dependent on West Midlands Police agreeing alternative accommodation for a police station within Chelmsley Wood Town Centre.

Last March the Council consulted the public on a range of potential options for new layouts and uses in order to develop a deliverable masterplan for this area of the town centre, which was finally adopted last month.

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “We know that this will be a challenging scheme to deliver and could take a number of years to complete, but we will work closely with stakeholders, landowners and external funders to provide the right solution for residents and secure the future vibrancy of Chelmsley Wood town centre.

“Having a masterplan in place for the Northwest Quarter is really important, as it marks the first step towards a series of phased improvements that will re-energise this well used and much-loved town centre.

“We enjoyed some really positive engagement with local residents, businesses and shoppers in Chelmsley Wood when we presented some of our early proposals last year and this is an opportunity to check back in.

“There will be plenty of other opportunities to help shape this exciting project as it progresses.”

As well as being on physical display, the material is also being hosted on the Council’s Your Voice Solihull where residents can submit questions and share comments.

The next step will be to submit a planning application for the proposals.

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