THE GREEN light has been given for 25 sustainable homes to be built in Kingshurst.
Solihull Council’s Cabinet have agreed to take forward proposals to start building work at the former Mountfort pub site on Over Green Drive.
Construction of the net zero carbon social rented homes could begin in August.
The new properties will be managed by Solihull Community Housing on behalf of the council and will include a mixture of three and four bedroom family homes as well as one bedroom maisonettes in response to local housing need.
These proposals are part of the wider Kingshurst regeneration scheme, already under way, which will see the village centre completely transformed – providing a mix of housing and retail space centred around a brand-new community, health and wellness hub.
Elsewhere in the village, the first significant stage of demolition, which includes dismantling the entire body of the main shopping parade, began in March and work is expected to be completed by the end of July just ahead of construction on the Mountfort site.
This step will mark a major milestone for the council-led regeneration scheme and will make a significant initial contribution to the 78 new homes envisioned in the Kingshurst Masterplan.
Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council and Portfolio Holder for the Economy, said: “We are now in a position to really kickstart delivery in Kingshurst village centre and crack on with building much-needed high quality sustainable new homes.
“We have already made solid progress with the demolition of the main parade, which itself will make way for further redevelopment.
“The approach we are taking will allow us to move straight on to the first stage of construction without any break in the delivery programme.
“This is an important first step in delivering on a much wider scheme that will totally transform Kingshurst, while helping to address the current shortfall of affordable housing in Solihull and bring the long vacant former Mountfort pub site back into use.”