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
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
- 202 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.