Steve McCabe MP calls for jobs for local people at Selly Oak Hospital Site as plans move forward

Plans to kick start the Selly Oak Hospital Site development are underway after confirmation that the site has been sold to two developers; Persimmon and Charles Church. Steve McCabe MP met with project managers and the University Hospital Birmingham Trust to find out the latest developments on the project and to push for jobs for local people on the site.

Unemployment in Selly Oak is still above the national average and is in the top 20% in the country and Steve spoke with project managers about securing jobs for local people. The site has been bought by Persimmon and Charles Church with the view to bring the old Selly Oak Hospital site back into use. Demolition works are due to start work next month and the contractors are due to start work on the site in June 2015. The work on the site will be in three phases and 50 properties should be available by next year.

Phase 1 is proposed for 98 new build affordable properties and includes the conversion of the former Woodlands Nursing Home to create 15 apartments as well as a cricket pitch and pavilion. Steve was pleased to hear that the development plans will be based around a new model village concept in keeping with the Cadbury’s and Bournville Village Trust ethos which have been successful in the past for boosting employment in the local area.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“For the past couple of years I have been pressing for the model village concept and I’m pleased to hear that this has been adopted and concrete development plans have been put into play. I hope that local people will benefit from the job opportunities on the site especially at a time when unemployment in my constituency continues to stay above the national average. I’ve recently met with the Trust and their planning consultants and will continue to push for a local employment deal.”

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