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New Monaco plan unveiled for Birmingham

New Monaco plan unveiled for Birmingham

A 'garden village' of 1,000 apartments and townhouses called New Monaco could be built on the southern edge of Birmingham city centre under new plans announced by developer Regency Residential.
 
Formed in January as the residential sales arm of Manchester-based MCR Property, the organisation has been working with Birmingham City Council on the application to develop land on Bristol Street in Highgate, with the formal application for the £275 million scheme set to go in shortly.
 
Director of sales and marketing at Regency Michael Fenlon commented: "'New Monaco' is an incredibly exciting project to be involved in and will help redevelop a famous street in the amazing city of Birmingham."
 
The construction of the new village would mean demolishing old buildings on the site, including Monaco House, from which the scheme takes its name. The plans have emerged after previous proposals for a Tesco store on the site were dropped following years of planning wrangles.
 
While this might be the only way in which inner-city Birmingham could possibly be compared with the city on the French Riviera, it is a project that represents the latest manifestation of the garden city concept, only this time on a small scale and right in the heart of the city.
 
This would be in contrast with the original concept of the garden city in the 19th century, when pioneer Ebenezer Howard planned Letchworth in Hertfordshire as an alternative to the cramped and polluted urban conditions in nearby London.
 
Birmingham already has an historic garden village at Bournville, now a conservation area. When it was built as a village for workers at the Cadbury factory, Bournville was located in the countryside outside Birmingham, and in contrast with the squalid and cramped city nearby, every home had a garden and there was other green space.
 
In time, Bournville was swallowed up by the expanding city, in the same way Hampstead Garden Suburb was by London, but this time, the garden village is taking over part of the inner city.

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