Developers planning a major regeneration scheme in Tyseley are to consider a complete overhaul of the district’s road network following concerns over road safety aired during a public consultation exercise.
Helical Retail and partner Mucklow are poised to submit plans this month for a 33-acre development that would include an Asda superstore and shopping centre, an industrial business park, a new link road and new homes.
It is estimated around 1,000 jobs will be created, along with a further 500 construction jobs.
The economic driver for the project is a 13-acre retail development with a 71,000 sq ft Asda supermarket at its heart.
The £60 million retail scheme would be built on a site currently occupied by Eaton Electric and the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) in Reddings Lane, with both relocating to the newly-developed 250,000 sq ft Signal Point site opposite, located on a redundant brownfield site owned by Mucklow.
Following public consultation the developers have announced 70 new homes – a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses – will be constructed by housebuilder Barratt Homes.
But they also revealed consultation had forced them to go back to the drawing board regarding the road layout due to concerns about congestion and road safety.
Key to the scheme is the development of a new road linking the main Warwick Road and Olton Boulevard West, which would enable access to Signal Point.
“We held public exhibitions and more than 200 people turned out over the course of three days,” said Robert Birch from Helical Retail.
“I can honestly say in all the years I have been doing public exhibitions it has got to be the most positive we have ever had and the vast majority of people have been supportive,’’ Mr Birch said.
“But the single biggest issue is traffic, both in terms of congestion and road safety.
‘‘Virtually every person who came to the exhibitions said ‘please do something about the infrastructure and road safety’.”
Following the feedback Mr Birch said they were now examining the prospect of an extensive reworking of the local road network and plan discussions with Birmingham City Council on the matter.
“We were addressing the new road and a couple of other junctions but we are now looking at 13 junctions in the vicinity – more than we had initially identified,” added Mr Birch.
“With a lot of these junctions it is simple stuff that can be done to make a huge improvement.
“But it’s only when you speak to local people who experience it day in day out that you really get a grasp of the situation they face.
“You really do take your life in your hands in this part of town – and that is driving – on foot it is even worse.”
Jesse Stokes, a director of Mucklow, said: “We have been genuinely consulting.
‘‘We didn’t go with a massively detailed plan and that has been deliberate.
“Now we are trying to take on board as many of the comments as we can.”
Other alterations since the draft scheme include more local retailers as part of the development.
Mr Birch added: “They were all large-scale retail warehouse-type units but local people were saying they wanted a post office, pharmacy, florist, hairdressers and local shops.
“Tyseley hasn’t got its own centre so clearly these are the sort of things we feel we should be putting in.”
* Public exhibitions continue at St Edmund’s Church in Reddings Lane on November 11 and 12