Birmingham unveils regeneration plans for Ladywood

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Birmingham City Council has revealed plans to take forward proposals for housing led regeneration in the Ladywood area

Ladywood, which is located in the city centre, has long been identified as a location that could deliver family housing alongside enhanced public spaces, pedestrian routes and community facilities.

The council will seek a development partner, who can demonstrate a successful track record of delivering housing regeneration initiatives, to lead the work on Ladywood.

The partner will be required to work closely with the local community to define a new masterplan for the area that responds to the needs of residents and delivers the scale of improvements envisaged through the Big City Plan.

Cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, Councillor Sharon Thompson, said: “With the city’s population set to grow by 10% over the next 15 years, there is a pressing need to deliver more affordable, family housing within accessible locations. To this end, the regeneration proposal of Ladywood is a hugely ambitious project that will help us to transform and rejuvenate the neighbourhood.

“There is already tremendous community spirit in the area and so over the coming years, we want to work with residents to help shape this vision for Ladywood and ensure that everyone with a stake in the neighbourhood voices their ideas, concerns and suggestions and takes part in the consultation process so that the future is one that can be celebrated by all.”

Initial consultation with local councillors has already taken place and a ward forum will take place on 19 February.

Corporate Director for Economy, Waheed Nazir, commented: “It has always been our intention, since we launched the Big City Plan in 2010, to bring forward a housing led regeneration initiative for the Ladywood area.

“With Birmingham now enjoying a significant renaissance there is an opportunity to secure a partner who shares our ambition to deliver more family housing and create a high-quality sustainable place for current and future residents. We will be launching a procurement process to find a partner shortly.”

Identified in the city’s Big City Plan the Ladywood area is located between the major redevelopments currently underway in Westside and along Broad Street and the housing growth planned at Greater Icknield.

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