Sandwell Intervention Areas
Sandwell is home to over 325,000 people and around 9,000 businesses who collectively employ over 140,000 people. It is in an excellent strategic location with access to the national motorway network with five junctions feeding into the M5 and M6. This provides access to the South-west, South-east and North-west regions. It has excellent public transport provision via railway, including a mainline railway station, Midland Metro line serving Wolverhampton and Birmingham with an extension planned from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. The area is also well served by a bus network within the area as well as serving neighbouring boroughs. An extensive canal network provides further sustainable transport modes for walking and cycling as well as providing leisure and recreation opportunities and linking jobs, houses and people.
Sandwell has strengths in the manufacturing sector with 48% of companies within the borough involved in Base Metals, Advanced Manufacturing, Metals and Fabricated Metals. There is a strong supply chain with the automotive trade including Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes Benz and Aston Martin. The borough also has strengths in the Wholesale and Retail and Construction sectors. It's proximity to three other Black Country Boroughs and Birmingham City makes this an ideal location in which to live, work, visit and invest.
However, Sandwell is experiencing a steady increase in population year on year with many people wishing to locate here given the job opportunities available. Sandwell is well connected and centrally located having a growing international recognition and a thriving dynamic economy. The dependency on good, quality and affordable housing requires action to enable development to be forthcoming to meet the needs and demands of current and future residents.
Therefore all efforts are being channelled to the delivery of housing in three major areas; Friar Park, the Grove Lane part of Greater Icknield and Smethwick and West Bromwich Town Centre. These three areas are the focus of potential partnership working between Sandwell Council, West Midlands Combined Authority, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and developers in bringing to fruition a transformational change with new family housing and improved environments alongside its high quality transport connections and accessibility to work.
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