Words by Ed King
Castle Vale could see over a hundred new homes being built on the old Greenwood Academy site, after a deal has been struck between Lovell Partnerships, The Pioneer Group, and Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) – Birmingham City Council’s housebuilding arm.
Lovell Partnership will be looking to build 59 two, three, and four bed homes for sale on the open market.
40 homes will be rental properties for Birmingham City Council, whilst the remaining 24 will be rental properties for Vale based The Pioneer Group, managed under its Castle Vale Community Housing (CVCH) social housing brand.
Tenants in The Pioneer Group properties will benefit from affordable rents, with rates set at 20% below current market rent levels.
Greenwood Academy (previously Castle Vale School) opened the doors of its new school building on Farnborough Road on 13 March 2018, with an official ceremony attended by the late MP for Erdington Jack Dromey.
The previous building was sanctioned for demolition, with a tender put out by Birmingham City Council stating the ‘estimated value of the works is in the region of £400,000 to £600,000’.
With a deal now agreed between Lovell Partnerships, BMHT, and The Pioneer Group, Castle Vale could soon be welcoming over a hundred new families on to the North Birmingham estate.
Simon Wilson, CEO The Pioneer Group said:
“This exciting new development at Farnborough Road supports our strategic aim to close the gap in the shortage of high quality and affordable housing in a high-demand area.
“The homes will be on the old Greenwood School site and the whole development will provide a range of rented and home ownership opportunities for local residents. This is a great example of working together with the City Council and Lovells to deliver opportunities in the Vale.”
Lovell Partnerships have previously delivered over 230 new build homes on a site adjacent to Farnborough Road.
Stuart Penn, regional managing director at Lovell Partnerships, added:
“We have a strong history of work in Castle Vale and the wider Birmingham area which spans more than a decade and look forward to developing this former school site into much-needed, homes, both for the open market and affordable tenures.
“This development is yet another example of our expertise in bringing brownfield sites back into use.
“This particular location has a really interesting history, and the development will pay homage to the past while also looking to the future.”