Plans to regenerate an unpopular north Birmingham estate have moved forward following the approved sale of city-owned land for a new medical centre.
The Ley Hill estate, near Sutton Coldfield, is being rebuilt as a mixed-use development which will include more than 400 new homes.
This regeneration scheme will also include improvements to 100 existing council properties and £8 million reinvested from the sale of land.
Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for regeneration, Coun Ken Hardeman, has agreed the sale of land for the medical centre site.
More than 5,000 households were consulted on proposals to regenerate the area and residents, local councillors and other interested parties gave their final views on the scheme following approval of the draft proposals by Cabinet in February 2004.
Building works for 150 new homes being provided by housing association partner Prime Focus has already begun under the second phase of the scheme.
Later this year, phase three will see the building of 240 new homes. It also aims to improve community facilities and the medical centre is part of this drive.
Ashley House Properties, the Ley Hill GPs' private sector partner for delivering the new medical centre, will develop the site.
Coun Hardeman ( Con Moseley) said: "I am pleased that we have been able to give this major regeneration scheme a boost by approving the sale of this site.
"It is vital to have medical centres situated in our local neighbourhood centres so people can get easy access to these vital services."
Coun John Lines (Con Bartley Green), cabinet member for housing, added: "Ley Hill is one of the city's biggest housing regeneration schemes and we want to make it as successful as possible, so I am delighted that this new local health facility is coming on stream to serve the wider community."