Proposals for the Commonwealth Games Athletes' village in Perry Barr were given the go ahead today (Thursday) after a vote by the planning committee.
The scheme, on the former Birmingham City University campus, will accommodate up to 6,800 athletes and officials for the 2022 competition before being converted into around 1,400 homes.
The vast majority of the new properties (1,072) will be flats and maisonettes, alongside 79 houses and 268 extra care apartments.
The plans also include a retirement village and a community centre.
Some concerns over the plans were raised by councillors during the meeting, including the fact that less than 25 per cent will be allocated to social and affordable housing after the games.
There were also concerns raised over the potential noise pollution generated from the nearby railway.
But despite this the committee voted unanimously to approve the plans, with work due to begin in early 2019.
Both the government and the West Midlands Combined Authority have already committed £185 million worth of funding for the site.
The council has plans for the athletes' village to mark the start of a complete regeneration of Perry Barr after the games, with head of the council Ian Ward saying that he hoped there would be more social and affordable housing in the wider project.
And, speaking after the decision, Cllr Ian Ward praised the passing of what he called "the most transformative legacy" of the games.
“Since we announced our intention to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, I’ve always said the event is about so much more than just 11 days of sport," he said.
“The regeneration of Perry Barr will be the most tangible and transformative legacy we achieve as a result of hosting the games, bringing investment and regeneration to area that has long been crying out for it.
“I commend everyone involved with the development of this planning application.
"It shows the ‘can do’ attitude of the city council and its commitment to partnership working – by securing planning permission today, 364 days since the games were awarded to Birmingham, we’ve successfully completed work that would normally a take a host city three years to complete in just one.”
And this was a point supported by Cllr Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, who said: “Through this scheme, we will provide people from across the Commonwealth sports movement a first-class home away from home when they come here for Birmingham 2022.
“But longer-term and even more importantly, the athletes’ village will provide a place for 1,400 families to call home, part of a community that will be able to look back with pride at why and how their homes came to be built and look forward to living their lives in an improved Perry Barr.”