An ambitious plan to build 45,000 homes in the Black Country and transform it into a Garden City has been proposed to international property investors in France.
This concept is the brainchild of a local group of built environment professionals working within design agency MADE. They suggest that by developing brownfield land and enhancing the infrastructure already in place, the “unprecedented demand” for local housing will be met.
A garden city is a new town that is designed as a whole with much open space and greenery.
The plan is to transform the Black Country into a Garden City, which would be constructed across 31 towns that surround Wolverhampton; extending as far out as West Bromwich, Aldridge, Dudley Port and Lye – covering in excess of 3,700 acres.
The scheme received Government backing over the weekend, with Communities Secretary Greg Clark commenting that "The Black Country Garden City symbolises the region’s ambition.”
Expected to be one of Britain's biggest brownfield site regeneration schemes ever, work would need to begin this year due to estimates that completion would take over 10 years.
It is widely accepted that the Black Country needs to take action now if it wished to avoid similar housing issues that blight London and the South East, where for many the concept of homeownership is a pipedream and the waiting lists for affordable housing are ever-expanding.
Greg Clark said that "It will deliver modern new housing that will be a magnet for business investment, notably in advanced manufacturing and construction, which will boost the local economy and supply the houses local families want.”
"Schemes like this are a vital part of the work this Government is doing to rebalance the economy and build the homes our country needs. House building is at a seven year high, but we’re determined to go even further and deliver on our pledge to build over one million new homes.”