Com­mon­wealth Games Vil­lage gets green light

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

PRO­POS­ALS for the Com­mon­wealth Games Ath­letes’ vil­lage in Perry Barr have been given the go ahead af­ter a vote by the city plan­ning com­mit­tee.

The scheme, on the Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity cam­pus, will ac­com­mo­date up to 6,800 ath­letes and of­fi­cials for the 2022 com­pe­ti­tion, be­fore be­ing con­verted into around 1,400 homes.

The vast ma­jor­ity of the new prop­er­ties (1,072) will be flats and maisonettes, along­side 79 houses and 268 ex­tra care apart­ments. The plans also in­clude a re­tire­ment vil­lage and a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

But some con­cerns over the plans were raised by coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing the fact that less than 25 per cent will be al­lo­cated to so­cial hous­ing af­ter the games.

There were also con­cerns raised over the po­ten­tial noise pol­lu­tion gen­er­ated from the nearby rail­way. De­spite this the com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the plans, with work due to be­gin in early 2019.

Both the govern­ment and the West Mid­lands Com­bined Au­thor­ity (WMCA) have al­ready com­mit­ted to £185 mil­lion worth of fund­ing for the site. The coun­cil has plans for the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage to mark the start of a com­plete re­gen­er­a­tion of Perry Barr af­ter the games.

> The planned Com­mon­wealth Vil­lage

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