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£100m Selly Oak housing plan

Words: Laura Edgar

Developer Persimmon Homes South Midlands has bought Birmingham’s former Selly Oak Hospital and will invest £100 million into building homes.

The 42-acre site, which has not been used since the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was completed in 2011, already has outline planning permission in place for 650 homes.

A reserved matters planning application has been lodged with Birmingham City Council’s planning committee to build the first 98 “luxury family homes”.

Andy Peters, Persimmon Homes South Midlands managing director, said: “We are investing £100 million in this iconic site and look forward to beginning work on what will be a six to seven-year-long project that will breathe new life into Selly Oak and create up to 1,560 jobs.

“It is an exciting opportunity for us as developers to build homes which meet local needs and reflect the history and unique situation of the site. Work on site is expected to commence in April and we expect demand for these new homes to be high.”

The brownfield land site exists in a green field setting and it was showcased at last year’s international property show MIPIM as being “one of the best housing and mixed-use opportunities in the Midlands”.

Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and economy at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am pleased that this key site in Selly Oak is to be given a new lease of life through this development, which will help close the housing gap in Birmingham, while retaining significant historic buildings. Importantly, this development will include affordable homes as well as creating much-needed jobs in the city.”