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Manufacturing fears as more Longbridge land set aside for homes

Birmingham’s planning committee members had previously stalled over applications for housing on three Bristol Road sites, worried that the land might be better suited for industry

St. Modwen housing plan for Longbridge
St. Modwen housing plan for Longbridge

Land on the former Rover works site at Longbridge has been set aside for almost 400 homes despite concerns over the loss of potential industrial manufacturing sites.

Birmingham’s planning committee members had previously stalled over applications for housing on three Bristol Road sites, worried that the land might be better suited for industry.

The committee was told that MG UK, which operates adjacent to the homes site, has not objected to the plan.

They were also told that while there are up to 400 homes planned by developer St Modwen, the majority of the former Rover site is still earmarked for industry or commercial uses.

Coun John Clancy (Lab, Quinton) said that while there was no planning reason to reject housing he hoped St Modwen would look to encourage 3D printing and other cutting edge auto-component industries in the area.

He said: “It must be galling for the people of Longbridge to see the motor industry forging ahead around the world, where they had been let down by a lack of industrial policy by successive Governments.”

Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Cons, Weoley) said that the sprawl of the former Rover works was unsuitable to a single industrial use and it is better to mix it with housing and commercial uses.

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