18th Aug, 2019

Kingshurst village centre redevelopment plans to go on show

Sarah Mason 11th Feb, 2019

PLANS to redevelop Kingshurst village centre are set to go on show.

Solihull council’s cabinet approved for the proposals to go to public consultation from February 18 to March 18 with final proposals expected to go to cabinet in June.

The plans would see the Parade demolished and replaced with modern shops, at least 100 new homes, a GP surgery and pharmacy and community space.

The ‘visibly worn’ Kingshurst village centre is an early 1960s shopping precinct with retail, residential, community and health uses.

The plans also include proposals for a redesigned layout which will open up the village centre around the parish church and Kingshurst Primary School.

Planners are hoping to build on the success of similar regeneration projects in the north of the borough at Chelmund’s Cross and Smith’s Wood.

A series of public consultations took place in 2017 which demonstrated a high level of support for a comprehensive redevelopment of the village centre, Solihull Council says.

Councillor Ian Courts, cabinet member for managed growth and deputy leader at the Council, said: “This is an important opportunity to build on the success of our other regeneration schemes in the north of the borough and to ensure that Kingshurst becomes a sustainable, well integrated community that can benefit from its close proximity to the economic opportunities at the airport and the NEC.

“We think the draft planning brief proposals will help deliver on this ambition.

“However, we want to hear from local residents, and we hope they will get involved with our engagement process.”

There will be two drop-in sessions held at Kingshurst library in Marston Drive on February 25 from 2pm until 5pm and on March 7 from 4pm to 8pm.

For more visit www.solihull.gov.uk and search for Kingshurst Village Centre Regeneration.

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