The survey was part of a consultation week linked to
the Charity's planning application for a 236-home affordable
retirement village which could be developed between
222 - 236 Hagley Road,
replacing a number of disused buildings which have been derelict
for nearly 14 years.
All 120-plus local Birmingham
residents who took part in the survey at the City's
Botantical Gardens believed the
site's existing buildings should make way for the village
development. 97% of respondents also stated that the village
development option was preferable to the construction of office
buildings, housing, a retail development or a food
As part of the community-wide consultation process,
ExtraCare delivered newsletters to 14,000 local households and
invited people to view and comment on plans which were displayed
at Birmingham's Chamber of
The Charity also arranged visits to its
newly-opened New Oscott
Village. Tour groups were able to meet
residents and view the scheme's 18 health and leisure facilities
which are similar to those proposed as part of the
Hagley Road development.
Jill Pyatt (74), a retired maternity ward clerk, is
widowed and lives alone in the Harborne area. Following her
trip to New Oscott
Village, she commented: "I was most
impressed with the concept and layout. A village would be an
excellent use of the Hagley Road site
which is now in a shocking state. It would greatly improve
the area and provide local employment."
Richard (63) and Gisella (69) Bate (pictured), from
Bournville, attended the survey. Both are wheelchair users,
Richard after he became paraplegic following a motorbike accident
and Gisela after she contracted polio.
Richard, a former sub-editor, comments: "At the
moment we are pretty isolated and would welcome the chance to do
more and meet new friends. The village is a fantastic idea,
it would open up a whole new life for us. The Hagley site
looks awful at the moment so I can't understand anyone objecting to
this new scheme."
ExtraCare Development Director Mark Curran comments:
"The consultation week has significantly increased interest in our
proposals; already we have received 150 letters in support of our
"The village would provide affordable homes for local
older people whilst providing a social and active facility that
could be shared and enjoyed by the community. The architect's
plans show that the village's façade would reflect the style and
character of the local neighbourhood, providing an impressive
gateway for those travelling to and from the City centre.
Only 30% of the seven-acre site would be developed
leaving the remaining land as green space with the majority of
If planning is passed, construction of the village could
begin by Spring 2011 for opening in 2013. The village
would provide up to 80 full time jobs and a further 200
construction jobs during its development.