At a recent meeting of Birmingham City Council’s planning committee, approval was given for our plans to build 10 new social homes just off the Bristol Road in Selly Oak.
Working in partnership with Selly Oak Community Development Trust, we submitted a proposal to build ten new homes comprising a mix of one, two, and three-bed homes available for social rent. The homes will be complete with parking and private gardens.
Selly Oak Community Development Trust is an independent, non-political federation of local residents’ groups, organisations and individuals. The trust is also seeking to preserve several historic civic buildings in Selly Oak such as The Selly Oak Institute, The Selly Oak Library and the old Pumping Station.
Carl Taylor, our Assistant Director of New Business and Growth, said; “Between 2019-21, Selly Oak Community Development Trust organised a series of activities to develop a local plan for Selly Oak and attempts to revive and protect what they described as the civic quarter with events being held in public spaces. At these events, a need was identified to develop affordable family housing in Selly Oak.
“We are delighted that our plans to build 10 new social homes in Selly Oak have been approved by Birmingham City Council. Once complete, the homes will be allocated based on need by the Council and the rent will be set using Government guidelines.”
Before moving to a vote, Councillors sitting on Birmingham City Council’s planning committee praised our proposed scheme: Cllr Jack Deakin said: "I'm really impressed with this application” and Cllr Marsham said that due to the national housing crisis, this was a "welcome development to provide affordable homes to rent for Brummies".
Our planned development will sit on a portion of Bournbrook Recreation Ground which has fallen into a state of disuse and makes provision for a community garden that will be accessible to the public.