Games village plan revealed
NEW images have been revealed showing how Birmingham’s athletes village will be developed for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The draft plans have been issued before the site in Perry Barr is developed over the next four years.
A formal planning application for the site, besides Perry Barr dog track, is expected to be submitted later this month.
But there are already concerns over the small number of larger three and four bedroom houses being promised.
The plans reveal a large park, open space and perhaps most striking, the closure of part of the Aldridge Road and Walsall Road gyratory system.
The plans will see homes and training facilities for an estimated 6,500 athletes and Games officials to use during the 2022 summer sporting spectacular. Athlete facilities include the running track around the new park.
Following the Games the houses will be converted into more than 1,000 homes. Some homes will be sold, while others will be available for rent by the council.
A sheltered extra care village for the elderly is also likely to be included. The site is occupied by the Birmingham City University campus buildings which are set to be demolished this summer.
Earlier this year the Government awarded the city council a £143 million grant towards the £370 million cost of development.
The council will borrow the rest and fund it through sales and future rental income.
Cllr Jon Hunt (Lib Dem, Perry Barr) said that while pleased to see an extra care village, he also wants to see more family homes being provided. “A lot will depend on the detail, but I am concerned there seems to be a lot of blocks of smaller apartments. I would have thought we need more family houses.”
> The proposed athletes village at Perry Barr for the 2022 Games