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Updated plans designed to maximise the regeneration benefits of the Perry Barr Residential Scheme are detailed in a Revised Full Business Case (RFBC) Update due before Cabinet on July 27.

Following last year’s announcement, the scheme will not have a temporary first use as the Birmingham 2022 Athletes’ Village, the city council has carried out an extensive review to ensure it best meets the future needs of the people of Birmingham.

A fundamental change is a proposal to review the housing planned for three undeveloped plots within the scheme’s 11 plots to ensure that the new homes are of the right size and type now that there is no temporary use planned for the Commonwealth Games.

As well as this, it also proposes that undeveloped and uncommitted sites – across the more comprehensive “Village” site and Birchfield Gateway – are prepared by the council for future development through a mixture of land remediation and demolition.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, said: “Once the decision was made to move away from a single, purpose-built Athletes’ Village for the Commonwealth Games, a lot of work has gone into preparing these revised proposals.”

In progressing straight to the legacy development, the project’s sustainability credentials are being improved by eliminating sacrificial fixtures, fittings, and building materials that would have been used only for Games-time.

Overall, the updated RFBC will cost an extra £45.8million after taking account of income from sales. Still, the revised approach to the future delivery of the elements of the project not currently under construction is now forecast to generate up to an extra £64.5million in net income.

Once all amendments are considered, the updated RFBC before Cabinet will have a total cost of £539.9million, slightly lower than the last version of the RFBC in March 2020, which stated £541.5million.

Cllr Ward added: “Underpinned by the emerging Perry Barr 2040 Masterplan, which offers us a roadmap for the area’s future prosperity, this part of north-west Birmingham will become one of the most desirable places regionally, if not nationally, for people to live in, work in and call home.”

Written by: David Watkins

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