Games vil­lage plan re­vealed

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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