Housing growth in Perry Barr
More than 60ha of land suitable for residential development has been identified within a short distance of Perry Barr local centre. This could accommodate more than 5,000 new homes over the next 20 years. The Council will work with partners and landowners to address barriers to delivery and bring forward this growth.
The first phase of housing growth in Perry Barr will be delivered on the former BCU Teaching Campus at Aldridge Road. Planning consent for this scheme of c.1,400 homes was secured in December 2018. The scheme includes a mix of one and two bed apartments and three and four bed houses, an ‘extra care’ facility to provide for older people with varying needs, and community facilities. There are significant areas of public space, as well as private courtyards.
This development will be used as the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village providing a home away from home for 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories.
The demolition of the BCU buildings is nearing completion and construction of the new homes will commence shortly.
A further phase of development on land adjacent to this first phase will take place post 2022. This area, to the East of Wellhead Lane, will be redeveloped for residential uses along with the provision of a new secondary school. The Council has set out its vision for this area, including up to 500 new homes, largely family houses to complement the adjoining development, in an outline planning application which received Planning Committee approval in August 2019.
Residential development in the local centre will bring new activity and vibrancy to the area. In particular sites around the current Birchfield Island will present opportunities for higher density development, with commercial ground floor uses and residential uses on upper floors. Buildings of up to 10 storeys will create a distinctive gateway to the area. While there is some potential for development in the short term, the full scale of the opportunity here, to deliver around 400 new homes will be realised after 2022.
More widely, within walking distance of the station and local centre, there are opportunities for nearly 3,000 further homes.