23rd June 2014
Residents attending this weeks’ Sutton Trinity ward meeting, have been offered one final opportunity to raise their concerns about the Brassington Avenue redevelopment scheme in Sutton Coldfield. The ambitious, but somewhat controversial retirement village, visible from areas within Sutton Park and The High Street Conservation Area, includes five tower blocks comprising 240 units, swimming pool, library and café, on land to the west of the ring road behind the Gracechurch shopping mall.
19th June 2014
In a bid to tackle the UK’s growing housing crisis, George Osborne is to introduce planning reforms and financial stimulus package in an attempt to inject an influx of 200,000 new homes across the country by 2020. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has also announced 10 housing zones outside of the capital will receive a share of £200 million to help boost the housing market.
9th June 2014
Sutton Coldfield residents have been left brassed off after PegasusLife submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council for a new retirement care village on the derelict Brassington Avenue site. The regeneration project in the town centre, will contain around 235 new apartments within five dominating tower blocks, the tallest being 16-storeys in height.
1st June 2014
THE first artist's impressions of the new-look Sutton Coldfield Council House have been unveiled after multi-million pound plans were announced to turn the historic site into luxury residences.
27th April 2014
DETAILED ‘regeneration’ plans for a vacant piece of prime land in the heart of Sutton Coldfield have been released ahead of a public consultation next week. Developer PegasusLife has unveiled its proposals for the Brassington Avenue site in the town centre, which include five ‘rotated’ tower blocks, 235 apartments, an indoor swimming pool, private cinema and fully equipped gym. The details of the proposed development were sent to 3,500 surrounding homes and businesses this week.
Thousands of houses stand empty across Birmingham, while Council targets green belt to build new homes
A Homes From Empty Homes Report 2013 has revealed an eye watering 9,239 houses are standing empty across Birmingham, while 3,759 are categorised as ‘long term empty’. The findings are quite demanding considering Birmingham City Council reported in July 2013 approximately 33,000 households were waiting for social housing.
16th December 2013
A Department for Communities and Local Government led scheme to help local councils increase the number of homes and their use has provisional allocations for Birmingham City Council set at £15,082,497.82 during the Grant Determination 2014-2015.
25th July 2013
Birmingham City Council has granted planning approval for the construction of up to 69 new houses on two former school sites in Sutton Coldfield, with any potential developer being asked to commit funding for a new library and revamped playground. The vacant sites are at Lindridge Road and Woodington Road – sites of the former Langley and Woodington primary schools.
29th June 2013
HUGE PLANS to build a major new housing estate of 500 homes are being unveiled to the public for the first time this weekend. Redrow Homes and Bellway Homes will be revealing their plans for land at Anker Valley at exhibitions taking place on Friday and Saturday. Because of the scheme's size, developers are required to consult with residents before any formal application is submitted to the borough council.
3rd June 2013
Department for Communities and Local Government, Live tables on dwelling stock (including vacants) report 2012, has found there are 424,820 houses across Birmingham, 64,420 are owned by Birmingham City Council, 39,780 by housing associations’, 1,050 other public sector and 319,560 are private dwellings. Compared to figures in 2009 which indicate Public Sector contributions were higher.
25th May 2013
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced 17 Local Authorities have been successful in applying for exemption from the controversial scheme to enable empty commercial properties to be converted into residential use without planning permission.
4th May 2013
A Department for Communities and Local Government led scheme to help local councils increase the number of homes and their use has awarded Birmingham City Council £10,269,899 during the Grant Determination 2013-14. The pay-out was the highest allocation given to a Local Council and will be paid in 12 monthly installments.
4th May 2013
From Spring 2013, for a limited period of three years, the Government has announced changes to the ‘permitted development rights’ allowing office space (B1) to be converted into residential homes (C3) without the need for planning permission from the local authority.
20th April 2013
A Homes From Empty Homes Report has revealed an eye watering 12,128 houses are standing empty across Birmingham, while 5,131 are categorised as ‘long term empty’.
The study, published in October 2012, discovered of the 12,128 empty dwellings, 11,003 to be privately owned, 566 Council houses, 458 Housing Association and 101 classified as other.