Ten shopping areas that are set to be transformed across Birmingham

Ten major shopping areas in Birmingham are to be transformed over the coming years, it has been revealed.

The city council has declared the projects are worth more than £2 billion in potential investment.

The outer city areas have been identified in a new vision which was passed by the authority’s cabinet this week (Tuesday, November 13).

Some of the key developments have already been publicised, while more detailed plans will come forward for each area at a later stage.

The urban centres are:

Sutton Coldfield

Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield could also be remodelled and a major new public square could be created to host festivals, events and markets.

The town is Birmingham’s second largest centre and has the potential for the biggest improvement with up to £500m worth of possible investment identified.

Plans include creating a relief road to reduce through-traffic, a new bus and railway interchange and redevelopment of the Red Rose Shopping Centre, Brassington Avenue and Station Street in particular.

Gracechurch Shopping Centre could also be remodelled and a major new public square could be created to host festivals, events and markets.

Planners also want to establish a hotel as well as more bars and restaurants.

The centre’s footfall is expected to increase significantly due to the 6,000-home Langley development and neighbouring industrial scheme in Peddimore. Around £35m alone would be needed to improve the infrastructure.

Perry Barr

Perry Barr CGI.
Perry Barr CGI.

With Perry Barr being the chosen location for the Commonwealth Games athletes village much of the improvements have already been made public including the new Sprint bus, A34 cycle highway and redeveloped railway station and bus interchange.

The village itself will provide 1,400 permanent homes and a community centre after the 2022 games.

It will also serve as a catalyst for a further 3,000 homes in the area.

The African Village restaurant and neighbouring land are already subject to planning applications for apartment blocks while other mooted plans include remodelling the Birchfield roundabout and demolishing the flyover.

One Stop Shopping Centre could also be remodelled to open it out on to the Walsall Road.

Bordesley Green

The West Midlands Metro extension will run the entire length of Bordesley Green kick-starting regeneration for the area and its immediate neighbours.
The West Midlands Metro extension will run the entire length of Bordesley Green kick-starting regeneration for the area and its immediate neighbours.

The West Midlands Metro extension will run the entire length of Bordesley Green kick-starting regeneration for the area and its immediate neighbours.

The north of the ward has been touted for more ‘higher density’ shops and homes. The Metro will also deliver improved pathways and cycle routes, visual enhancements as well as ease traffic congestion in the area.

There is also an ‘area action plan’ for Bordesley Green which has identified the Wheels Raceway site as land for potential industrial development.

Coventry Road

Coventry Road is expected to benefit from the nearby Metro expansion.
Coventry Road is expected to benefit from the nearby Metro expansion.

This is another area expected to benefit from the nearby Metro expansion.

The Bordesley Circus roundabout is considered to be the main ‘gateway’ to the area and its surrounding land has been identified as a key area for redevelopment.

Other areas which could be subject to new homes, businesses and shops in ‘mixed use’ developments include land between Coventry Road and Wright Street as well as the former tram and bus depot.

Existing council housing at Dart Street could also be replaced for ‘higher density’ properties.

Stechford

Stechford CGI.
Stechford CGI.

The council say the area is defined by the recently rebuilt £9m leisure centre while the former Cascades site next door has been identified for new homes and businesses.

The area could also benefit from a brand new railway station building while the shops along Station Road, the former bank and masonic hall could be refurbished.

The Bulls Head Allotments plot in the north of the Stechford is another site earmarked for new housing.

Meadway

Meadway - The redevelopment of Poolway Shopping Centre will include more than 130 homes as well as 161,000 sq ft of new shops and businesses.
Meadway – The redevelopment of Poolway Shopping Centre will include more than 130 homes as well as 161,000 sq ft of new shops and businesses.

The redevelopment of Poolway Shopping Centre will include more than 130 homes as well as 161,000 sq ft of new shops and businesses.

New play and sports equipment will be installed at Kents Moat Recreation Ground.

Connectivity in the area will be enhanced through improvements to Lea Hall railway station, particularly addressing parking issues, while Meadway is another eastern city destination to benefit from the Metro extension providing better access to Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre and the new HS2 interchange.

Recently the area was also touted for a new state-of-the-art collection centre for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Erdington

Erdington CGI.
Erdington CGI.

The report says Central Square Shopping Centre is in line for redevelopment while Wilton Indoor Market will be remodelled to improve its ‘poor’ relationship with the high street.

The former Colliers site on Orphanage Road has been identified as a key plot of land for redevelopment, potentially for homes and businesses.

Other proposals include introducing one-way traffic on a certain part of the high street and opening up the pedestrianised northern stretch up to vehicles with priority to people on foot.

New public open space could also be created outside of the recently restored St Barnabas Church, which is the centre’s most striking building.

Northfield

The south-city location is home to more than 200 shops and has received significant investment in the last 15 years, particularly the construction of the Sir Herbert Austin Way relief road making the centre more pedestrian friendly.

But further improvements have been proposed including remodelling Northfield Shopping Centre to give it a more appealing front entrance, introducing more restaurants and bars, and providing better access to Victoria Common park.

The junction between Bell Lane and Bristol Road South outside the centre could also be remodelled to make it more pedestrian friendly.

It was also noted that Northfield Baptist Church is in a poor state, hidden behind shops and in need of attention.

Stirchley

Stirchley CGI.
Stirchley CGI.

The 1.2km stretch of the Pershore Road has been identified as an ‘up and coming area’ which will become one of Birmingham’s most vibrant centres.

Much of the future development will take place in the immediate surroundings of the British Oak pub including a new public square in front of it and a mixed-used scheme for homes and businesses at Hazelwell Lane.

Stirchley Park is to be remodelled to provide greater access and visibility as well as to complement activities at Stirchley Baths Community Hub next door.

There will also be refurbishment to shop fronts while some businesses could be combined to form larger units.

The Pershore Road could benefit from wider pathways, new seating and cycle stands.

Alum Rock Road

The 1km stretch of Alum Rock Road serves Saltley and Washwood Heath.
The 1km stretch of Alum Rock Road serves Saltley and Washwood Heath.

The 1km stretch serves Saltley and Washwood Heath. Key development sites include the former Leyland Club plot and land at the junction of Alum Rock Road and Adderley Road.

Pathways will be widened, crossings will be moved to more convenient locations while more trees and seating could be introduced.

The council also wants to provide more off-street parking and enhance business loading areas in order to reduce congestion.


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