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HS2 land freed to create over 2,000 jobs in Washwood Heath

Land in east Birmingham once earmarked for train yards can now be developed under new vision called East Birmingham Growth Prospectus

The former LDV site at Drews Lane, Washwood Heath
LDV site at Washwood Heath has been freed up by HS2 to allow development there

Land once earmarked for a high-speed rail maintenance yards has been freed for immediate development and the creation of up to 2,334 jobs it has been revealed.

Parts of the former LDV and Alstom sites, in Washwood Heath, can now be used for industrial development with the HS2 company expected to give up its claim on part of the land following protests from Birmingham City Council and Birmingham MPs.

The land is part of a package of development sites, totalling 3.7 million sq ft, and proposals for 9,000 jobs in the new 'East Birmingham Growth Prospectus' launched today.

As well as the LDV and Alstom sites, which will still house a HS2 maintenance depot, the prospectus includes plans for 3,000 new jobs at Bordesley Park, 1,000 new homes and new sites at Kitts Green, Castle Bromwich and Nechells.

There will also be work on major retail centres at Erdington, Small Heath, Alum Rock and the Fox and Goose, as well as a series of smaller local area schemes.

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne heralded the new prospectus and breakthrough on HS2 as a "triple win" for the city.

He said: "This is the biggest plan for jobs in east Birmingham we've ever had.

"It was hard fought. But, by demanding the Government, the council and HS2 pull together, we've got an amazing plan for jobs and skills.

"Here, at Washwood Heath, we've forced HS2 to look at new plans to ensure 2,334 jobs are created rather than a giant train carpark - plus a £1 million investment in skills for local people and the city council's regeneration plan.

"It's a once in a generation opportunity to transform our local economy."

And Erdington MP Jack Dromey added: "Our city has a great industrial tradition. We want Birmingham once again to be the workshop of the world, the city of a thousand trades.

"The constituencies we are proud to represent suffer from high unemployment and an acute shortage of affordable housing.

"This bold, joint initiative with Birmingham City Council will create badly needed jobs and build baldy needed homes, transforming east Birmingham into an economic power-house."


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