In­dus­trial park could cre­ate 6,500 jobs

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

PLANS have been sub­mit­ted for one of Birm­ing­ham’s largest ever re­gen­er­a­tion pro­jects which could cre­ate up to 6,500 jobs.

De­vel­oper IM Prop­er­ties has lodged its pro­pos­als for the Ped­di­more site, near Sut­ton Cold­field, to trans­form more than half of the 175 acres of land there into a ma­jor new em­ploy­ment hub.

It is hoped the pro­ject in Min­worth will at­tract lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies due to its prox­im­ity to the mo­tor­way net­work and cre­ate a fur­ther 3,000 jobs in as­so­ci­ated sup­ply chains.

In ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing in­dus­trial space, the pro­ject in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a round­about on the A38 and bridge over the A38 to al­low pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists to ac­cess Ped­di­more.

IM Prop­er­ties is also pro­pos- ing a pro­gramme of junc­tion up­grades and high­way im­prove­ments on the na­tional and lo­cal road net­work such as al­ter­ations to sig­nal tim­ings, sig­nals and car­riage­way widen­ing aimed at im­prov­ing traf­fic flows.

IM Prop­er­ties was re­cruited last March to carry out the re­gen­er­a­tion of 91 acres of land with the se­cond phase to be re­tained by Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil for de­vel­op­ment at a later date.

David Smith, plan­ning di­rec­tor at IM Prop­er­ties, said: “We would like to thank lo­cal peo­ple for pro­vid­ing their valu­able feed­back at the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tions which were the largest we have em­barked on as a com­pany with an ex­ten­sive suite of ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques used to en­gage a broad au­di­ence.

“These events and our wider pro­gramme of en­gage­ment have pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to take on board a wide range of peo­ple’s views but, equally im­por­tantly, to also es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion site neigh­bours the pro­posed Lan­g­ley Ur­ban Ex­ten­sion where up to 6,000 new houses are set to be built.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be de­ter­mined by the city coun­cil by the spring and, sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion, work could be­gin this sum­mer.

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Ped­di­more in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment

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