A planning application has been submitted for four large business units on the site of the former West Works at Longbridge.

The Regional Investment Site on Bristol Road South was formerly used as a car park for the town centre and Bournville College while the town centre car parks were built.

CGI imagery of the proposed units

Since the closure of MG Rover in 2005, developers St Modwen have brought homes, retail, leisure, offices, a ‘technology park’ and retirement village to the site.

In a bid to boost employment, developers have now submitted an application for planning permission for four class B1 (business) and / or class B2 (‘clean’ industrial) units and associated parking, utilities, drainage and access.

The long term vision for the rest of the West Works site will see the ‘business park’ expand further, alongside more new homes.

The full application and supporting documents can be viewed on Birmingham City Council’s website. Search for application number 2018/02549/PA Comments can be made until Thursday 10th May 2018.



  1. Whats happend to all the shops that was going to be built and the river really that was supposed to flow through in between. What’s there now at Longbridge is nothing like original plans. We need more variety of shops not offices cinemas gyms and warehouse units.

    • The river does now flow above ground through Austin Park in the town centre. And the section across the other side of Bristol Road is being diverted so it will be more accessible eventually. There’s a commitment to employment on this plot as it’s a Regional Investment Site

      • What i mrant was original drawing showed grass banks and a footpath between them. The river Rea could be seen and you could walk down to it or sit on the benches that were there. I cant see any grass banks nor benches to sit on by river Rea. Will see if i cam find the original plans somewhere and you will see. Instead of warehouses why not a wind farm or solar pannels to power south Birmingham and help people keep bills down.

  2. Totally agree with Andy! More jobs will also be good but its not looking interesting enough in the area at the moment to attract visitors who would perhaps spend money in this area.
    More houses?…… great thats all we need.

  3. more houses .? and more traffic jams ,its totally rediculous now with the traffic, come on planners be more creative and bring money into the area ,people spending in shops that people want ,
    the road structure cannot cope with the traffic now and you want more housing with 1 / 2 cars per house get real, it will be come a place to avoid and not thrive .

  4. As was said to me by a person living in Harborne. This shopping area is for car owners, pedestrians coming from the railway station have a long walk.

  5. The redevelopment of the old rover site is a total disgrace. It’s all about making money for the developers and not about what the people living in the area need.
    What I would like to see is things that make a real difference to the quality of life for people and not just money making business plans. There is no additional
    leisure facilities or places families can go too, just badly planned housing and chaos on the roads. I am very disappointed in the whole site, it was a chance to develop something really special.


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