Blog: 28 February 2016Black Country Garden City to get 45,000 new homes... in 10 years...

Kathryn Ventham

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Kathryn Ventham

Planning Director

Birmingham office

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45,000 new homes, in ten years, across 550 sites is certainly a very ambitious development programme and one that should be applauded. Its delivery will require significant investment in an area that has traditionally been seen as the poor relation (beyond regeneration initiatives) in terms of regional investment. 

I would query whether it’s really a Garden City, however. As an area that has historically been known for, in the main, regeneration initiatives, I can understand the desire to move towards promotion of a different initiative and one that is aligned with current Government thinking.

A presence at MIPIM will clearly assist in raising the profile of this area of the West Midlands and hopefully kickstart investment and thus move the scheme(s) towards delivery.

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