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Developer being sought for major Birmingham industrial park

Developer being sought for major Birmingham industrial park

Birmingham City Council has launched a bid to find a developer for its planned Peddimore Business Park.

The 71-hectare site lies next to the A38 in what is now green field land in Sutton Coldfield, close to the M42, M6 and M6 toll road and well within reach of Birmingham Airport. These are all factors the council is highlighting as it seeks investment in a site that could create 10,000 permanent jobs in the long run, as well as plenty of construction work beforehand. 

When complete, the £285 million development will comprise three million sq ft of business space for manufacturing and logistics.

Speaking about the project, council leader John Clancy said: "We want to create a market-leading development opportunity for the city region that will help create thousands of jobs, boost the local economy and act as a catalyst for further growth in the region. To make this happen, we’re unlocking excellently located prime land at Peddimore for manufacturing and logistics uses."

Director of economy at the council Waheed Nazir called the project "simply the best strategic development opportunity of its kind to come forward in many years". The council will be given advice on the development of Peddimore by the Industrial and Logistics team at GVA.

The Peddimore site takes its name from Peddimore Hall, which lies at the end of Peddimore Lane to the east of the built-up area. The addition of Sutton Coldfield to the city's territory in 1974 proved particularly fortuitous to the council in providing large tracts of open land within its boundary that can be used for development, notwithstanding green belt issues.

Much of this land is set to become building land for new housing to meet the city's targets in the Birmingham Plan 2031, which was adopted by the council earlier this year. This stipulates that 20 per cent of new housing will be constructed on land that has not previously been built on.

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