Your Area

On these pages you can find out about how regeneration is affecting each area of North Solihull.

Here is the best place to keep up to date on everything that's going on, what plans we've made and how local people can help shape the plans for the future.

How are you affected by regeneration?

Click on the map to select the area your home or business is in. 

Planning regeneration

For the regeneration project to be a success it is important to involve local people at every stage, so they can shape the future of their own neighbourhood.

So far we have planned 3 neighbourhoods Craig Croft, North Arran Way and Kingshurst and Babbs Mill and have developed a masterplan for each area.

Following our review of the strategic framework in 2009 the process for planning a neighbourhood and developing a spatial masterplan is now an approach based on clusters.

For more information about our plans for an area click on the map

The Cole Valley Vision

In Spring 2010 Alan Baxter and John Thompson and Partners (JTP) were appointed  by the North Solihull Partnership to work with the local community to develop a new masterplan for the area, which is being referred to as the Cole Valley Vision.

Cole Valley Drop-in Exhibition

We held a public drop-in exhibition on Saturday, 27th October 2012 which was very well attended. We had almost 200 people come to see our masterplan for the Cole Valley, including sites proposed for new housing development, improvements to green space and proposed changes to the Chester Road and Moorend Avenue.  

Since the drop in exhibition we have been carrying out further technical and design work which will be concluded in Autumn 2014.

  1. Smith's Wood

    The Story So Far

    The Strategic Framework was agreed by Solihull Council in February 2005 after consultation with residents in 2004. It sets out how the Partnership intends to improve the physical and social infrastructure of North Solihull through major investment in schools, Village Centres, transport and green space.  For more information click here

    Planning Regeneration

    Following the strategic framework review which was agreed in June 2009 the new way of planning the regeneration is an approach based on clusters. The cluster approach focuses on bringing forward regeneration activities centred around large scale investments such as new schools and villages centres.

    Lanchester Cluster

    Spatial master planning is the process in which we bring forward the physical regeneration for an area. In the future a spatial master plan for the Lanchester Cluster will be developed alongside the community and stakeholders and everyone within the cluster will have an opportunity to shape the master plan for that area.

    Significant investment has already been committed to this cluster:

    • The new Lanchester School has opened
    • Park Hall School has been redeveloped under the Building Schools for the future (BSF) programme and opened in October 2008
    • Over £500,000 invested into improving Lanchester Park
    • Construction of 44 new homes completed on the Oaklands development

    Oaklands Residential Development & Improvements to Green Space - click here

    North Arran Way Cluster

    In 2005, we worked with residents to develop a Neighbourhood plan for this area which was approved by the Council in November 2005. In March 2006 we sent local residents a Phasing Plan showing the order in which changes would take place.

    A number of milestones have been completed in the neighbourhood:

    • Neighbourhood Plan approved - 2005
    • Phasing Plan approved - 2006
    • Planning Application for first housing sites approved – May 2007
    • 455 new homes have been built
    • Outline Planning Application for Village Centre approved – May 2007
    • Brand new £8m Smith's Wood Community Primary School opens - September 2009
    • Demolition of two high rises, Nuffield & Worcester - Spring 2010
    • Demolition of three further high rises, Westfield, Girton & Gonville - Spring 2013
    • New road linking Auckland Drive & Windward Way through to Kingfisher Drive
    • Planning Application for phase 1 (office & retail) of Smith's Wood Village Centre approved - July 2011
    • Development of Smith's Wood Village Centre begins - April 2013

    Residential Developments in North Arran Way - click here

    Dove Way Park

    Girton House and Gonville Houses have been demolished as part of the regeneration proposals for North Arran Way. The Neighbourhood Plan for the area, which was approved by Solihull Council in October 2005, proposed that a new neighbourhood green space or 'local park' should be created on this site to replace some of the green space that has been lost within the neighbourhood. 

    Key elements of the scheme include new green spaces with areas for informal play & other activities, improved lighting and footpaths linking to the new village centre, a central paved meeting space with seating, new trees, bulbs and shrub planting. The park is now complete and will be open to the public at the end of June 2014.

    This scheme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of a wider plan to improve pedestrian access to the new Smith's Wood Village Centre.

    Smith's Wood News

    Follow this link http://www.northsolihull.co.uk/people-and-community/smiths-wood-news

    Smith's Wood Village Centre

    Follow this link http://www.northsolihull.co.uk/village-centres/the-centres/north-arran-way-village-centre

    Woodlands Cluster

    Significant investment has already been committed to this cluster:

    • A newly built Forest Oak & Merstone Special Schools
    • A newly built Woodlands Campus
    • A newly built Smiths Wood Sports College

    In the future a spatial master plan for the Woodlands cluster will be developed alongside the community and stakeholders and everyone within the cluster will have an opportunity to have their say.

    Woodlands Highway Development

    After extensive consultation, North Solihull Partnership has been updating the plans for the Woodlands Highway scheme for housing and green space enhancements.

    In October 2010 two options were presented to the community to choose from.  The preferred approach is a new residential development on the northern section of the greenspace (opposite Kingdom Hall) and significant enchancements to the southern section to create a neighbourhood park. 

    The North Solihull Partnership have submitted a planning application for this scheme which was approved in principal by SMBC subject to some technical work.  Once planning permission is granted the next steps will be for Bellway to carry out community consultation on the detailed design of the new dwellings.  This should happen during Summer 2014.  Click here for the plan of the green space enhancements. 

  2. Chelmsley Wood

    The Story So Far

    The Strategic Framework was agreed by Solihull Council in February 2005 after consultation with residents in 2004. It sets out how the Partnership intends to improve the physical and social infrastructure of North Solihull through major investment in schools, Village Centres, transport and green space.  For more information click here

    Planning Regeneration

    Following the strategic framework review which was agreed in June 2009 the new way of planning the regeneration is an approach based on clusters. This approach focuses on bringing forward regeneration activities centred around large scale investments such as new schools and villages centres.

    Craig Croft Cluster

    In 2005 we worked with residents to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Craig Croft.  This plan was approved by the Council in November 2005.  In March 2006 we sent local residents a Phasing Plan showing the order in which changes would take place.

    Click on the attached cluster diagram to see which areas are included in the Craig Croft cluster.

    A number of milestones have been completed in this neighbourhood:

    • Neighbourhood Plan approved - 2005
    • Phasing Plan approved - 2006
    • Planning Application for housing sites approved - May 2007
    • 300 new homes have been built
    • Outline Plan for Village Centre approved - May 2007
    • Planning Application for phase 1 of Village Centre (Enterprise Centre, Improvements to Chester Road, Village Centre roads & public realm) approved - July 2011
    • Development of Chelmund's Cross Village Centre (phase 1) begins - April 2013
    • Brand new £10m Bishop Wilson Community Primary School opens - September 2013

    click here to see the new residential developments in the Craig Croft area

    Chelmsley Wood News

    Follow this link http://www.northsolihull.co.uk/people-and-community/chelmsley-wood-news

    Chelmund's Cross Village Centre

    Follow this link to find out the latest - http://northsolihull.co.uk/village-centres/the-centres/chelmunds-cross-village-centre

    Bishop Wilson Old School Site

    Demolition of the old Bishop Wilson has been completed.  Bellway have had a planning application for 161 units approved by Solihull Council subject to the completion of various legal documents. Please see attached Masterplan and Landscape Strategy for more information. 

    Bosworth Drive Cluster

    This area forms part of the longer term plans for regeneration.  It includes the area around the shops on Bosworth Drive and the Chelmsley Wood Health Centre on Crabtree Drive.  Further details will be available once we begin to consider options for future improvements.  In addition, there are plans to build a brand new Fordbridge Community Primary School on the site of the former Bennetts Well Primary School in Crabtree Drive.  See Education page for further details.

    Click here to see the new residential developments in the Lowbrook area

    Alcott Cluster

    The overall focus for this cluster is Chelmsley Wood Town Centre but it also includes the newly built St Anne's primary school which opened to pupils in October 2011.  There are also plans to build a brand new Coleshill Heath Primary School on the site of the former Alcott Hall Primary School. See the Education page for further details.

  3. Kingshurst and Fordbridge

    The Story So Far

    The Strategic Framework was agreed by Solihull Council in February 2005 after consultation with residents in 2004. It sets out how the Partnership intends to improve the physical and social infrastructure of North Solihull through major investment in schools, Village Centres, transport and green space.  For more information click here

    Planning Regeneration

    Following the strategic framework review which was agreed in June 2009 the new way of planning the regeneration is an approach based on clusters. The cluster approach focuses on bringing forward regeneration activities centred around large scale investments such as new schools and villages centres.

    Kingshurst & Babb's Mill

    In 2005, we worked with local people and businesses to develop a Neighbourhood plan for the Kingshurst and Babbs Mill neighbourhoods. The Neighbourhood plan identified the physical regeneration plans for the area which included identifying some properties for demolition and new housing sites.  

    A number of milestones have been completed in the neighbourhood:

    • Neighbourhood Plan approved - 2005
    • Phasing Plan approved - 2006
    • Planning Application for first housing sites approved - May 2007
    • 169 new homes have been built
    • Brand new £7m Kingshurst Primary School opened to pupils - January 2008, to find out more go to the education page

    Residential Developments in Kingshurst & Fordbridge - click here

    Water Quality Improvements to Babb's Mill Lake

    Between February and April 2013 work was carried out in a community-led initiative to improve the water quality of Babb's Mill lake and the river Cole while enhancing the habitat and amenity value of the site.

    This initiative was a partnership between the Friends of Kingfisher Country Park, Solihull MBC, Birmingham CC, Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Mini Eden and Community Services Volunteers and included:

    • Creation of a reed bed system to filter polluted water before it enters the lake from the channel adjacent to Yorks Wood
    • Naturalising the channel by breaking it out of the concrete to meander through scrubland adjacent to the woodland
    • Creating a shallow-water shelf in the lake to allow a second reed bed to establish naturally
    • Targeting areas of pollution at source through misconnection tracing and blockage removal
    • Education to reduce disposal of inappropriate items into the sewer and storm-water systems

    The reed bed system involved the creation of a large, shallow pond planted with Common Reed (Phragmites) to form a wetland area which will filter pollutants and silt from the water before it enters the lake.

    The shallow shelf in the lake was created by recycling material excavated from the new pond.  This shallow area will be colonised naturally by Common Reed and Reedmace (Typha) which are already established around the lake edge.  This second reed bed will provide an additional filter for the water from the brook and also the inlet from the river.

    The concrete channel which ran adjacent to Yorks Wood was unattractive and a target for fly-tipping as well as the main source of pollution to the lake.  This water course has been moved over into the scrubland in a natural meander which will improve the habitat value as well as visual amenity while helping to aerate the water.  The improved visibility will also reduce fly-tipping into the water course.

    Volunteers have helped to plant wetland wildflowers after the main part of the work was completed.