Residents of Chelmsley Wood would benefit from the improved transport network that will be developed as part of the UK Central Hub. UK Central Hub is being developed to link local networks, Birmingham airport and the NEC with mainline train lines into Birmingham and London. With better connectivity between different pockets of the constituency, and quick access into Birmingham Central, residents of North Solihull will benefit from better job opportunities. Designating Chelmsley Wood as a garden city would accelerate the regeneration of the area, where educational attainment, employment rates and housing conditions have all seen significant improvements over the last 5 years.
The Chelmsley Wood Garden City would be based north of the A45, and would be integrated with the UK Central Hub transport structure.
Caroline Spelman commented, ‘I support this development as it would offer my constituents better transport options and real invigoration of the Chelmsley Wood area. Investment will continue in this area regardless of HS2, as the new transport interchange is built and I want local residents to be connected to these new transport links as it will offer greater connectivity and job opportunity. Any comments I made in 2012 did not relate to this current proposal which will not impinge upon villages such as Hampton-In-Arden; the consultation map shows the proposal does not affect areas south of the A45.’