Two landmark multi-storey council tower blocks in Birmingham are set to be demolished.

The 20-storey Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers - landmarks to passing traffic on the M6 motorway - are to be demolished to make way for family housing.

After investigations into options for remodelling, Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency have approved investment and are finalising the legal agreement that will see the demolition of the blocks and the redevelopment of the site.

Councillor John Lines, cabinet member for housing, said: "After recent investigations of the costs of improving these blocks and in line with our stated ambitions to deliver more new family housing in Hodge Hill, we are working with our partners the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to meet our strategic objectives in this area.

"The money will be used to demolish the towers. We started building new council homes in Hodge Hill in January when we started our new Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust homes at Drylea grove.

"The land on which the towers currently stand will now be used for a mix of rent and for sale housing.

"We look forward to increasing the number of new, high quality family homes in the area in the coming years and making improvements to the wider community."