Solihull Council approves planning application for former Powergen site
Neglected site to be transformed into ExtraCare village and new homes
Solihull Council has given the go ahead for a major new residential scheme to be built on the former Powergen site in Shirley, over 20 years since it was vacated. The scheme is being led by Shirley Advance, the developer responsible for the recent Parkgate development in Shirley town centre. Shirley Advance is a joint venture between Helical Retail and Coltham Developments.
Now it has the green light, the site will be transformed with a 261 apartment ExtraCare retirement 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.
Shirley Advance 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 site masterplan includes:
· An ExtraCare retirement village for older people 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.
Site clearance and demolition work will commence in the spring, together with associated on and off-site highways works. It is envisaged 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 before the end of 2019.
Robert Birch of Shirley Advance said,
“This is great news, after so many years of uncertainty surrounding the old Powergen site. The consultation we undertook with local people indicated that this new development will be very welcome in Shirley. We are looking forward to getting the project underway.”
Mark Curran, Development and Sales Director for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, commented,
“The Village will provide spacious homes, care for those who need support to remain independent and an inspirational lifestyle. Independent research shows that older people enjoy health and a more independent future within our thriving ExtraCare communities and so we are really looking forward to developing a village here in Shirley.”