New commercial and leisure space, housing and a museum of athletics are among plans unveiled in a major new masterplan for the Perry Barr district of Birmingham.
The city council has outlined its vision for the area which will be the epicentre of the Commonwealth Games when it comes to Birmingham next summer as a regenerated Alexander Stadium hosts the track and field events.
Consultation on the ‘Perry Barr 2040 Masterplan’ will start on Thursday and run until September 8, with the authority hoping it will continue the regeneration of the suburb which is already seeing unprecedented levels of investment worth more than £700 million ahead of the games.
Among the projects already under way are thousands of new houses on the former Birmingham City University campus and a revamped Perry Barr station and neighbouring bus exchange while a new cycling lane alongside the A34 was completed in 2019.
The A34 flyover has also been demolished to make way for a new traffic system although this is one aspect of the work which has not been universally loved, particularly among business owners on the route.
The Perry Barr 2040 Masterplan includes:
– A museum of athletics for Perry Park
– Repurposing the bus garage at the Perry Barr Village site to provide community and commercial space
– Creating a plan for the development of sites at Birchfield Gateway including retail, leisure and other business space and homes
– Enhancing landscaping, encouraging biodiversity and integrating water management at Perry Hall Park
– Extending the A34 cycle lane north along Walsall Road and Aldridge Road
Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: “For many years, there has been a clear need and ambition to unlock the obvious untapped potential of Perry Barr but we needed the resources to do it.
“Now, our successful Commonwealth Games bid has helped us kickstart a major regeneration project that will transform the lives and life chances of Perry Barr residents for many years to come.
“The projects being delivered thanks to the games, such as improved public transport, the redeveloped Alexander Stadium and new homes, are just the start of things as this masterplan demonstrates.”
After the consultation ends, a final version of the masterplan with a delivery plan will be put to the council’s cabinet for approval later this year.