Work has started on an ambitious £1.8 billion project to transform north Solihull and balance out the inequalities in the borough.
One of the country's largest regeneration schemes will see work on 15 neighbourhoods improve the lives of the 40,000 residents in Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood, Kingshurst and Fordbridge.
Work has already begun in two neighbourhoods - Craig Croft in Chelmsley Wood, and North Arran Way in Smith's Wood - where people will be relocated later this year to make way for new homes.
Consultation has been launched in a further two neighbourhoods - Kingshurst and Babbs Mills - in preparation for the community-driven revitalisation programme.
Plans for north Solihull include improving 12,500 existing homes and building a further 8,000 new properties.
The scheme will also see the building of ten new primary schools. Five of the schools will be a major part of the new village centres, which will act as a 'hub' for each local residential area.
The centres will also contain health services and shopping and community facilities which will help lever in £100 million worth of investment.
A similar amount will be invested in transport and local infrastructure.
Duncan Sutherland, managing director of regeneration c ompany Inpartnership, which is involved in the scheme, said a wide-ranging consultation process revealed that residents wanted improvements in local education.
He said: "Regenerating north Solihull is about working intensely with the local population to deliver sustainable change.
"While it would be reasonable to think that, in an area dominated by 16,500 homes built in the 1960s, the first course of action would be to start to remodel it, feedback from the community has established that creating better primary schools needs to be our first priority.
"Using this knowledge, the timeframe that we have created details which schools are to be rebuilt when, in conjunction with the wider neighbourhood planning process."
A strategic planning framework was approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's ruling cabinet in February 2005, and a part-nership agreement was signed last May.
Council chiefs selected developers Bellway Homes to spearhead the project last August. Registered social landlord Whitefriars Housing Group is also involved in the project.
The three council wards involved in the scheme - Chelmsley Wood, Smith's Wood and Kingshurst - include about 20 per cent of Solihull's population but nearly 44 per cent of its unemployment.
The wards are among the most deprived ten per cent in the country while wards in south Solihull are among the least deprived.
It is hoped that the scheme will help bridge the gap between economic inequalities in the north and south of the borough.
Residents of West Chelmsley Road and Alcott Hall, both in Chelmsley Wood, will be consulted on the regeneration plans before the end of the year.
Mr Sutherland said: "The order in which north Solihull's 15 neighbourhoods will be regenerated has broadly been decided upon based on where the biggest community improvements can be made."