Solihull Conservatives are pleased to say that after 21 years, a detailed planning application for the former Powergen site has been submitted to Solihull Council. If approved, the Powergen site will be transformed with 113 new homes, including apartments and 2, 3 & 4 bed homes, an ExtraCare Village, with 60% of these being offered on an “affordable” basis, and an Asda Petrol filling station. The masterplan for the site was presented to the public at two exhibitions last year.
Overall, the redevelopment of the former site is crucial to local people. They were supportive of the ExtraCare village, traditional new homes and the filling station. However, there were concerns over further retirement living, a family pub, the drive through restaurant, the height of the ExtraCare village and multi storey car parking. These have been now deleted and the height of the ExtraCare building amended to reflect the views of local people.
Shirley South's Cllr Gary Allport said; “At long last the planning application has gone into the council. If approved, work could start as early as the Spring. We’ve also learnt that Parkgate is now 100% fully let and the new tenants should be up and running by the end of March. This is great news for Shirley and its residents.”