The Solihull Partnership has started work on what is claimed to be the largest single investment into housing in the area for many years.
The former Whitesmore School on Chapelhouse Road in Chelmsley Wood will be redeveloped into a £15 million residential scheme with 85 new houses and apartments, named Chapel Walk, signifying an important milestone in the early stages of the £1.8 billion Regenerating North Solihull project.
Since the North Solihull Partnership was legally formed in 2005, £22 million of new homes are being constructed, and within the next 12 months, a further £80 illion worth of regeneration activity is set to be confirmed for the groundbreaking 15-year regeneration initiative.
Regenerating North Solihull covers Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge, and is home to 40,000 residents.
Over the lifetime of the project, an estimated 8,500 new homes are scheduled to be built in the area to provide a much greater choice of good quality mixed tenure housing for local people, as well as to encourage new residents to relocate in North Solihull.
Janet Bradbury, chief executive of the North Solihull Partnership, said: "The start on site of the Chapel Walk housing scheme is an important milestone for North Solihull.
"As soon as the £28 million Grace Academy was completed and Whitesmore School became redundant, we have moved quickly to redevelop the site into a high quality, modern residential scheme. The £1.8 billion regeneration programme includes ten new primary schools, five village centres, significant investment in infrastructure, 8,500 new homes and 12,500 refurbished homes.
"In addition, £120 million is being spent on secondary school education, thanks to first wave.
Building Schools for the Future funding, and the uniquely funded Grace Academy on Chapelhouse Road. Furthermore, Solihull College has also recently opened its new £13.6 million Woodlands Campus in Smith's Wood.
"Dramatically improving education in North Solihull is top priority."