Details of the new urban quarter around the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull has been unveiled today, with up to £1.6bn investment in infrastructure investment over the next ten years.
The Urban Growth Company (UGC) has published its Framework Plan outlining the primary and secondary infrastructure requirements and timings to deliver sustained and coordinated growth across The Hub area including Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Business Park.
The Framework Plan builds on the initial detail in the Hub Growth and Infrastructure Plan first published in March 2017, which has since been updated to include the latest development plans for the NEC, Birmingham Airport and Jaguar Land Rover.
The Framework Plan also looks at the market demand for a range of suitable developments to be delivered over the next 15 years and provides evidence to inform and support Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Local Plan Review, which is being progressed.
It outlines five existing development areas which reflect the major land holdings within The Hub – Jaguar Land Rover Manufacturing Campus, International Gateway at Birmingham Airport, Pendigo Quarter at the NEC, Birmingham Business Park and the Arden Cross site, which will be home to the new HS2 Interchange Station.
It also identifies the area around the Birmingham International mainline rail station as one for potential significant growth potential, underpinned by an upgrade to the existing station and greatly-improved public transport connections.
Nick Brown, chairman of the Urban Growth Company said the detail in the Framework Plan was critical to ensure the full potential of The Hub site was realised.
“Our Growth and Infrastructure Plan suggested that there is potential to create up to 77,000 new jobs, 775,000 square metres of commercial space, 4,000 homes and £4.1bn GVA per year.
“This Framework Plan sets out the details of what is needed and by when, to make that vision a reality.”
“It’s about delivering the appropriate amount of high-quality, sustainable development, along with the required infrastructure to realise those full economic opportunities.
“When it comes to The Hub, the ‘whole’ has the potential to be so much greater than the sum of the parts, rather than there being a piece-meal approach resulting in lots of disconnected sites.
“That’s why we’ve worked closely with those stakeholders to date and will continue to do so as the vision becomes a reality.”
The Framework also highlights the importance of five place-making principles to deliver the predicted economic growth: improved accessibility, networks of green spaces and natural waterways, high-quality and sustainable communities, innovative and temporary use of land, and a sense of place.
The Urban Growth Company (UGC) is a special-purpose delivery vehicle created to specifically realise the potential of the HS2 Interchange Station and related infrastructure.
On behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the UGC facilitates the infrastructure investment to create a globally renowned point of connection.
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