Kingshurst masterplan gets planning approval from Solihull Council - The Solihull Observer

Kingshurst masterplan gets planning approval from Solihull Council

Solihull Editorial 5th May, 2022   0

KINGSHURST village centre is set to be given a new lease of life after ambitious plans to transform it were approved.

Solihull Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of proposals to demolish the centre and build 79 new 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.

There are also plans for an improved road layout linking the village centre to the surrounding area, as well as open green space and a wide footpath linking Kingshurst Park to the school.

The plans state there would be a creation of shop units and health and community assets including a purpose-built GP surgery, pharmacy, dentist and community space if it is given the green light.

During the meeting, the committee thanked residents who had part in consultations over the years to help shape the scheme.

The committee also thanked Kingshurst and Fordbridge councillors and the council officers who had been working on the plans since 2016.

Speaking at the meeting, committee member, Coun Jim Ryan (Cons), said: “Those of you who know Kingshurst know it is an area you want to walk away from and not walk to or get involved in. It has been depressed for many years.

“It is a 1960s development the centre and it has been just left. It was derelict and not cared for.”

Coun David Cole, committee member and Kingshurst and Fordbridge Conservative councillor, told the meeting: “I have been using this parade for over 40 years and I have seen its slow demise over the past 15 years. It is a welcome development.”


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