A three-storey building that housing association, Bournville Village Trust, took possession of in August is being demolished to make way for a £2.5m social housing development.

The Gemeindehaus block in Selly Oak, situated on College Walk, off Bristol Road South, was previously home for overseas students in Birmingham. The demolition will pave way for a development that will contribute to Birmingham’s housing demand.

If planning is approved, the building which was also once a place of worship for a German Lutheran congregation, will be replaced with 16 new high-quality rentable family homes designed by architect Stride Treglown.

The new homes on the 0.43 hectares site, will be a mix of terraced and semi-detached properties with front and rear gardens and space for vegetable plots.

CGI of how the development could look

Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust, said: “While plans are in the early stages, this is a potentially exciting development that will bring much-needed affordable family housing into the area.

“The plan is for 16 two-bedroom homes, which are in shortage on the Bournville estate, with well landscaped areas in keeping with our garden village principles, pioneered by our founder George Cadbury.

“This development if approved, combined with the homes we will acquire at Crest Nicholson’s 138-home development also on Bristol Road South, will contribute to the huge demand for affordable housing in the area.”

Richard Ellis, Associate Architect at Stride Treglown, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bournville Village Trust to provide much needed family homes on a previously under-utilised part of the estate.

“The houses draw on the heritage of the estate and use traditional materials in a contemporary manner to deliver light, airy and flexible homes that will meet the needs of residents in the 21st century.”

Bournville Village Trust is also working with Crest Nicholson on its 138-home development, which was once home to Northfield Manor House. The former home of George and Elizabeth Cadbury which was built in 1820 (although there was a manor house on the site since the early 1700s), was sadly destroyed by fire in July 2014, following an arson attack.

The Trust will acquire and manage 20 homes on the development, which will be a mix of rented and shared ownership properties, from spring next year.


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