Shirley Advance submits planning application for former Powergen site

30th November 2015

Over 20 years since the site was vacated, a detailed planning application has today been submitted for the former Powergen site in Shirley by Shirley Advance, the developer responsible for the recent Parkgate development in Shirley town centre.

If approved, the site will be transformed with a 261 apartment ExtraCare ‘Village’, 113 new homes by Lioncourt Homes and a petrol filling station. The scheme will have an end value in excess of £75 million and will bring a further boost for Shirley.

Following its delivery of Parkgate, Shirley Advance has teamed up with Solihull Council and ASDA to bring forward the development. The site is already owned by the three parties so no additional land is required to deliver the project.  All of the existing buildings on the ten-acre site will be demolished, including the old Powergen tower and the redundant multi-storey car park.

The new masterplan was presented to the public at two sets of exhibitions, in September 2014 and July 2015. Where possible, feedback from those exhibitions has been taken into account and the plans adapted accordingly. A Statement of Community Involvement is included within the planning application and can also be found on the project website together with the plans and other relevant information. This document sets out the improvements that have been made to the proposal as a result of feedback from local people.

“We’re really pleased with the overwhelming support we’ve had from local people for this project” said Robert Birch of Shirley Advance. “It came as no surprise that the vast majority are keen to see the site cleared as soon as possible and replaced with a scheme that will further enhance and complement the area.”

“Whilst it has taken longer than we envisaged, I am also pleased to confirm that Parkgate is now fully let and the latest occupiers will be opening over the next few weeks.”

The masterplan being submitted as part of the planning application includes:-

  • An ExtraCare ‘Village’ for the Elderly with 261 x 1 and 2 bed apartments. 60% will be offered on an‘Affordable’ basis with 104 x Shared Ownership and 52 x Rented dwellings.
  • A total of 113 new homes to be delivered by Lioncourt Homes with 57 x 2 bed apartments, 7 x 2 bed houses, 31 x 3 bed houses and 18 x 4 bed houses. These properties will be built to comply with the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ initiative.
  • A 5 pump ASDA Petrol Filling Station with Convenience Kiosk.
  • Associated Car Parking and Highway Works.

It is hoped that planning permission will be achieved early in the New Year. If so, site clearance and demolition work will commence in Spring 2016, together with associated on and off-site highways works. The first new homes will be ready by the end of 2016 and the petrol filling station will open shortly thereafter. The remaining homes will be built on a phased basis during the course of 2016-2018.  The ExtraCare Retirement Village will complete mid 2019.