In May 2005, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) signed a 15 year Regeneration Agreement which created the North Solihull Partnership (comprising InPartnership Ltd, Bellway Homes and Whitefriars Housing Group) with the aim of bringing about the physical, social and economic regeneration of North Solihull.

Who are the partners?

Investing in North Solihull is one of the UK's largest community-led regeneration projects and its scale and requirement for intensive intervention was necessitated by the unsustainable nature of its housing stock, community facilities and school buildings. The 15 year business plan that has been developed involves introducing choice into the housing market to encourage people to stay in the area when their accommodation needs change. However, what will be key to improving the lives of the 40,000 residents is the creation of a series of new primary schools to raise educational attainment and provide better support to children and their families. Additionally, the project will oversee the development of new state of the art community facilities, including enhanced local health care provision, and improving the quality and safety of the public open spaces.

All of the Partners share the ambition to transform the three wards of Chelmsley Wood, Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge.

The vision

  • New homes for sale
  • New affordable housing
  • 10 new or remodelled, state-of-the-art primary schools
  • New or improved village centres
  • New health care facilities
  • New leisure facilities
  • Employment and training opportunities
  • A positive change to almost 40,000 people's lives
  • Mixed use developments
  • Local environment and transport improvements
  • Employment opportunities

Track record & achievements up to March 2015

The partnership has overseen substantial work so far including:

Housing

  • 1451 new homes with planning permission
  • 1049 new homes built
  • 508 private (127 Equity Share) and 541 RSL = 52% affordable
  • Demolition of 888 homes including 5 high rise blocks
  • Recladding & installation of Biomass boilers at all 37 high rise blocks

Education

  • Four new primary schools complete and open
  • Two further brand new primary schools due to open September 2015
  • Remodelling planned for remaining four primary schools

Open Space

  • Around £2.5m invested in improving open space and play facilities
  • New £2.7m cycle network complete - find out more here

Socio-Economic

  • £1.496m invested and committed to social and economic projects throughout the area

Two New Village Centres

Smith’s Wood

  • Demolition of two high rise blocks
  • New primary school
  • New Smith’s Wood Village Centre retail, offices and housing complete
  • Construction of a new High Street for Smith’s Wood Village Centre
  • Assisted Living Scheme almost complete
  • Negotiations underway for a new medical centre

Chelmund's Cross

  • Demolition of old shops
  • Construction of new infrastructure, public realm and major changes to the Chester Road
  • Construction of new Enterprise Centre
  • New health centre started on site
  • New primary school with integrated community facilities and church building
  • Investment in Three Trees Baptist Church and community centre
  • Total of £480m invested so far
1049

new homes

4

brand new schools

2

new village centres

highway improvements and cycle network

invested so far
480m

invested so far

Archive

The previous North Solihull Partnership website became difficult to edit and update. As a result it has been archived as a record and reference of the Partnership’s activities over the past nine years. To view the old website please follow the link here - www.northsolihullarchive.co.uk.