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Multi-storey car park plans at HS2 Interchange go on show

Sarah Mason 17th Mar, 2022

PLANS for a new multi-storey car park near the HS2 Interchange Station are set to go on show.

And Solihull Council’s Urban Growth Company (UGC) want to know residents’ views on it.

The proposals for the multi-storey at Arden Cross are an alternative to the consented plan for surface car parking which was included when HS2 was originally granted official powers to construct the rail line in 2017.

Nigel Hudson, strategy and planning director at UGC, said the multi-storey proposal was a vital element of creating the new jobs, homes and economic growth associated with the arrival of high-speed rail in the region.

He said: “There is a requirement for approximately 7,400 spaces to be provided for passengers using the new interchange station and, under the consented scheme, these spaces would all be at surface level.

“Our proposal is to consolidate those spaces into multi-storey car parking in a phased way, so that we can free up valuable development land at Arden Cross to create a new, vibrant destination consisting of homes, businesses and leisure opportunities, development that will be subject to a separate planning application process.

“This is a critical piece of the jigsaw puzzle that we’re completing at The UK Central Hub.

“By aligning the plans for HS2 and Arden Cross with those of the nearby NEC, Birmingham Airport, Birmingham Business Park and Jaguar Land Rover, we’re creating an environment that has the potential to support more than 70,000 new and existing jobs, as well as around 8,000 new homes and provide an economic boost of £6.2billion to the economy every year.”

The plans will be on show to the public at Resorts World at the NEC, on Friday (March 18) from 2pm until 6pm and Saturday (March 19) from 10am until 2pm. There will be online events on Monday (March 21) and Tuesday (March 22), ahead of a planning application being submitted to Solihull Council in July 2022.

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