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About the project

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The Smethwick to Birmingham corridor is Birmingham and Sandwell’s historic canal district, stretching from The Roundhouse just west of Brindleyplace to Galton Bridge in Smethwick. It is the historic link between Birmingham and the Black Country and a cradle of the industrial revolution.

Today the corridor is one of the most significant areas of brownfield urban renewal in Europe, with potential to deliver 4,000 new homes. We want to realise the opportunities of that transformational scale of change. Change is underway with new neighbourhoods under construction at Port Loop and Soho Loop and the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital nearing completion. We want to continue those changes and ensure they enhance the area for existing and future residents.



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Key opportunities

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The corridor runs from the edge of central Birmingham at Ladywood, through the Winson Green area of Birmingham, to the town of Smethwick in the Borough of Sandwell and straddles major road, rail and canal routes between Birmingham and the Black Country.



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The Framework Document looks at three key sites within the area, which are highlighted orange on the above image and are:

Rolfe Street Sites: Former Baths Site & Enterprise Centre. (Refer to Chapter 2 of the Framework Document)



Grove Lane (refer to Chapter 3 of the Framework Document)



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City Hospital (refer to Chapter 4 of the Framework Document)




Vision

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Our vision for the corridor is:





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Guiding principles

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We have established six principles to guide the delivery of the vision and the corridor’s contribution to net zero and inclusive growth.

Healthy centres: Resilient local centres within walking distance

A new hospital as an anchor institution: Integrating the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital with its surroundings and maximising the improvements it brings to the local area.

A green corridor: Enabling the corridor the become a green artery contributing to improving biodiversity and responding to climate change.

An active travel exemplar: Encouraging walking and cycling as sustainable modes of transport to support the principle of ‘15 minute neighbourhoods’ within the corridor.

Green new neighbourhoods: Embracing the opportunity to demonstrate best practice in design and sustainability.

Healthy sense of place: Capitalising on the industrial heritage and diversity of the corridor to give people a sense of pride and belonging.

Through the guiding principles summarised above the corridor will contribute to achieving net zero by improving green spaces, encouraging sustainable travel choices, reducing congestion and delivering sustainable new homes.