Consultation approved on the regeneration of Sandwell’s canal district
Published 30th September 2021
Sandwell Council’s cabinet has approved a public consultation on the Smethwick to Birmingham Regeneration Corridor Area Framework and Grove Lane Masterplan.
The plan, which is a collaboration between Sandwell Council, Birmingham City Council, WMCA and Homes England, will be open for public consultation for six weeks commencing October 2021.
Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approved the consultation yesterday (Wednesday 29 September).
The area around Grove Lane will see significant change with the introduction of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital due to open in late 2022. The area surrounding the hospital has been identified for regeneration for some time and the Area Framework will assist us in bringing forward further transformational regeneration to this area.
The Smethwick to Birmingham corridor is Birmingham and Sandwell’s historic canal district. It is the historic link between Birmingham and the Black Country and a cradle of the industrial revolution.
The corridor is one of the most significant areas of brownfield urban renewal in Europe, with the potential to deliver 4,000 new homes. The plan aims to realise the opportunities of that transformational scale of change.
Change is already under way with new neighbourhoods under construction at Port Loop and Soho Loop and the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital nearing completion. The plan aims to continue those changes and ensure they enhance the area for existing and future residents and make it a healthy sustainable place to live, work and visit.
The plan creates a vision for the area to be used in the detailed design and development of the main redevelopment sites in the corridor. It also provides a joined-up transport strategy for the corridor, which will be used by the councils and Transport for West Midlands to create and seek funding for a corridor-wide package of transport improvements focused on walking and cycling.
Councillor Iqbal Padda, cabinet member for regeneration and growth at Sandwell Council said: “I would urge everyone to look at these plans and give us their feedback when the consultation goes live in October, so we can fulfil our vision of promoting the future corridor as a healthy place with a healthy environment and a positive outlook built on its history and identity.”
Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward said: "This Regeneration Corridor has huge potential to provide homes, jobs and opportunities for the people of Birmingham and Sandwell and I urge as many people as possible to take part in this consultation. By working together, we can create a healthy sustainable place to live, work and visit."
It is currently envisaged that the consultation will start on 18 October 2021 and last for six weeks. Further information on the consultation and how to take part will be published soon.