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PICTURES: The proposed Birmingham Commonwealth Games Village

By Alex Ross | Birmingham | Commonwealth Games | Published:

Tall apartment blocks, tree-line pathways and green, open spaces – these images show how Birmingham's Commonwealth Games Village could look like.

The computer-generated images of the village have been released as part of a planning application submitted to Birmingham City Council.

The village would be situated on the former Birmingham City University campus in Perry Barr.

It would be home to 6,500 athletes and officials coming to the city for the games in the summer of 2022.

The event takes place from July 27 to August 7.

After the games, the village would provide around 1,400 new homes. They would be a mix of social and affordable rent, homes for sale, and for private rent.

The development would also include an extra care village for older people and a community centre.

John Crabtree, chairman of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games organising committee, said: “In the seven months since being awarded the 2022 Games there has been a lot of work done to prepare this planning application

“Now is the time for anyone with an interest in the regeneration of Perry Barr to look at our plans in detail and give feedback to the city council planners.

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“We want the people of the West Midlands to have ownership of the Games and this is one of the first significant ways in which they can do that.”

A series of meetings and drop-in sessions for residents and businesses located near the site have already been staged as part of the pre-application process.

Now the plans can be viewed and comments can be given by visiting Birmingham City Council's website.

Talks are still taking place over where sports will be held during the games. Swimming events will be hosted by a new aquatics centre in Smethwick,

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There are also hopes archery, judo and beach volley ball could also be held in the Black Country.

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police has also been preparing for the games.

Thousands of officers from across the country will be stationed in the region to police the event.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “This will be an important area for us with the Commonwealth Games coming up.

“We have a long lead in time to begin to think about that now.

“In terms of planning we will be starting to think about accommodation quite soon.

“We’ll have an idea, broadly, of what the numbers are so we can make sure we get it to the right standard.

“It is a big obligation and it is very tough, and getting it right is important.”

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
Investigations Editor - @alexross_star

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