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Homes, shops and huge car park plan revealed in £60m project near Midland Metropolitan Hospital

By John Corser | Smethwick | Property | Published:

More than 150 new homes and shops will be built in a major £60 million project near the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital site.

A computer generated image of the proposed apartments

Developers revealed the plans which will also see 1,900 car parking spaces created next to the vast hospital in Smethwick.

MHBL has submitted proposals, which include 159 one and two-bedroom apartments for rent, on land off London Street.

Bosses say the brownfield land has been identified as an ideal location for regeneration complementing the hospital.

It is hoped that the new homes will also be available for hospital staff including nurses and doctors.

The proposals also include 20 per cent affordable housing.

How the new multi-storey car park would look

Martin Birkett, on behalf of MHBL, said: “Build-to-rent is now well established and very popular in cities such as Birmingham, London and Manchester and this site provides an excellent opportunity to deliver the same in this strategic growth area of Sandwell.

"People are choosing to rent for longer and in turn demand better quality accommodation with longer tenancies, better facilities and management, and security of tenure.

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"This type of model is particularly popular with younger professionals.

“Given the site’s location, close to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, before submitting our proposals, we worked closely with our consultant team to thoroughly investigate the environment around the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Edgbaston, to identify how we could make the best possible use of this regeneration site, to solve some of the issues that may be generated by the new hospital, and to maximise the contribution we could deliver within the local area.”

As part of the development, MHBL is also proposing a multi-storey car park providing around 1,900 parking spaces.

This is designed to cater to residents of the new development, as well as staff and visitors to the new hospital.

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The Midland Metropolitan Hospital site under construction

The shops and leisure facilities also aim to support staff and visitors.

Mr Birkett added: “As residents of Edgbaston know, there is a huge demand for key worker housing around any major hospital, alongside parking issues – particularly along residential streets."

"Not only will our plans inject £60m into the local economy, they will also deliver vital new housing and infrastructure to capitalise and respond to the huge opportunity presented by the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

MHBL has submitted a planning application to Sandwell Council, following detailed discussions with planning officers.

Sandwell Council will review the application and a decision will be made in the coming months.

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

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