Details of 65 regeneration schemes denied funding in the West Midlands because of budget cuts have been revealed.

They include a business park designed to bring much-needed high technology medical industries to Birmingham. Other projects which have been mothballed include training centre to raise skills among 6,500 staff at Birmingham airport.

It follows the announcement by Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, that it had been forced to cut funding for regeneration projects by £132 million.

The Government has reduced AWM’s total budget by £48million, and the agency is also predicting that revenue it receives from its own assets, such as land rented to tenants, will be £20million lower than expected because of the recession.

On top of this, it has taken £64million out of its budget for regeneration schemes and transferred the money to projects designed to help business, after it was told by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson to focus on supporting industry.

It meant funding for regeneration projects during the 2008-11 period was cut by £132 million in total.

The development agency was forced to axe funding for 122 regeneration schemes which had been due to receive support from regeneration budgets.

Officials have managed to help 48 of these find funding from other sources. Another nine applications for grants have been rejected “through the normal procedcure”, which means they would not have received support anyway.

It leaves 65 which have been mothballed as a result of funding cuts.

They include Heartlands Medipark, a planned business and science park on former playing fields sitting next to Heartlands Hospital in Bordesley Green, Birmingham.

It would have provided opportunities for medical companies to locate next to Heartlands Hospital and to take advantage of the research facilities.

The park was a joint project between Aston Science Park, Heart of England Foundation Trust and Birmingham City Council. A spokeswoman for the foundation trust said negotiations were continuing with other possible partners who could help with funding.

Other schemes affected include a planned training facility at Birmingham Airport, to be run by the Solihull College. This would have provided courses to improve the skills of the 6,500 staff working for 146 different businesses at the airport.

Plans to refurbish Newman Brothers Coffin Furniture Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter have also been hit. The historic factory closed its doors in 1999 after more than 100 years. Birmingham Conservation Trust had planned to refurbishment the building, creating a visitors centre and office space.

And Birmingham Science Museum has been denied funding for its Science for all Seasons project, which would have created two new galleries titled “Made in Birmingham” and “Changing Planet”, as well as an interactive Science Garden and a new learning center.

A spokesman for AWM said the agency efforts on projects that can be delivered and which will make maximum impact in the short to medium term, helping people, businesses and communities pull through the current recession.

The FA National Centre at Burton-on-Trent is also hit by the funding cut, along with a strategic investment package for the Eastside and Digbeth redevelopment.

The full list of affected projects > > >


Birmingham and Solihull
Advanced Materials Nanocities Network
Aston Brain Centre
Birmingham Airport Training Facility
Connections to Opportunities Zone "Bolt On"
Eastside and Digbeth Strategic Investment Package  (7 projects)
Engaging Business Leaders in Environmental Opportunities
Enterprise Through Franchising
Environmental Business Park (Tyseley)
Heartlands Medipark
Hodge Hill PCT Health and Wellbeing Centre
Jewellery Quarter Joint Venture
Newman Brothers Coffin Works 2
Newtown HWB Campus
Rotunda LED Art Gallery
Science City Energy Futures Partnerships Programme
Science City Energy R&D Centre
Science for All Seasons
Stratford Rd Corridor Local Centres Develop (P1)  (2 projects) 
The Innovation and Design Centre
 
Black Country
Black Country Living Museum - 1930s High Street
Business Inteligence using Statistical Cybermetrics Using IT (Biscuit)
Food and Drink Technology Forum
i-Central 3 projects 
Science Research Exchange
Town and Country RFID/Sensor Technology Demonstrator
Wolverhampton Science Park - Phase 4
 
Coventry and South Warwickshire
Coventry University Engineering and Computing Building
 
North Staffordshire 
Apprenticeship Centre - KMF Metals
Business Brokers for High Growth
collabor-8
Newcastle Town Centre
North Staffordshire Employment and Skills Service
 
Regional
Advantage Creative Fund - Extension
Advantage Early Growth Fund - Augmentation Extension
Samulet
Skills solutions for AWM business clusters
 
Rural (Herefordshire)
Apprenticeship Centre - HGTA
 
Rural (Shropshire)
Flax Mill Shrewsbury
Ludlow Market Square
North Shropshire Employment Land
Shropshire Portal, Shrewsbury
 
Rural (Staffordshire)
Cornhill Employment Land, Leek
Friarsgate Lichfield
The FA National Football Centre
 
Rural (Warwickshire)
Camp Hill Further Funding
WCS Phase 2 Projects
 
Rural (Worcestershire)
St Clements Gate - Conference / CPD Centre
Tenbury Bio Park
Tenbury Flood Defence
TL Worcester Cathedral  Enhancing the Experience
 
Telford and Wrekin
Telford Lakeside (2 projects)
Telford Technology Park
Transforming Telford - Projects  (3 projects)

* Are you involved in any of the projects affected by the AWM cuts in funding. If so, contact Head of Business Alun Thorne at alun.thorne@birminghampost.net or telephone 0121 234 5576.