I have had family connections with Kingshurst since it was first built and was known to have a pint or two at the former Mountfort Pub (I’ve forgotten whether it was an Ansells or M&B pub) so I really welcome the submission of the formal planning application for the village centre.
Plans for the wholesale transformation of Kingshurst Village Centre have taken another leap forward with the submission of a Full Planning Application.
If approved, it will pave the way for work to begin on creating a radically transformed, high-quality and community-focussed new centre at the heart of Kingshurst.
The planning application makes provision for up to 79 new sustainable homes, the majority of which will be social rented housing through Solihull Community Housing (SCH), as well as a new vicarage for St Barnabas’ Church. It also shows an improved road layout linking the village centre to the surrounding area, with open green space and a wide footpath linking Kingshurst Park to the school and the heart of the development. Alongside the new homes the plans also make provision for 1207m² of modern floor space for a range of retail and high street uses and a further 2,001m² for health uses and flexible community spaces, including a community café, GP, dentist, opticians and pharmacy within a Community Wellness Hub.
The Full Planning Application is based on the updated Kingshurst Masterplan, which was shared with local residents and business owners both online and as part of a series of outdoor public events in September.
In another significant boost to the regeneration plans, the latest tranche of funding for the project was recently announced as part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget and Spending Review. An additional £1.81m of Estates Regeneration Funding has now been allocated to the project from the Government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund.
Officers at Solihull Council, who are driving the project, will continue working with partners and external funders to identify and access additional funding streams as required but this latest round of vital funding will be used to complete acquisitions of land and property and support some early demolition and infrastructure works ahead of the redevelopment.
The Full Planning Application will be subject to a 13-week determination period, meaning that a decision is expected to be made by the end of February 2022.
The application and associated planning documents can be viewed on the Council’s online planning portal via this link: PL/2021/03072/MAJFDW | Demolition of existing local centre and development of new mixed-use local centre including up to 79 residential units (including a new vicarage) (Use Class C3), retail, commercial, business and services and healthcare (Use Class E (a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g)(i)), hot food take-away (Sui generis), and local community uses (Use Class F1 and F2 (a),(b)), open space, landscaping, car parking and associated infrastructure. | Kingshurst Village Centre And Former Mountford Public House, Marston Drive, Over Green Drive, Gilson Way And Church Close. (solihull.gov.uk)