Mammoth Birmingham NEC housing plans revived


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Plans to build more than 2,000 homes near the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham have been revived by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. The Mega Housing Scheme, which will include the use of surplus parking sites in the NEC, was first introduced in 2018. The aim of the scheme is to boost housing provision in Solihull without encroaching on Green Belt land. According to the Birmingham Mail, Street has had talks about the scheme in recent weeks. He said, “This is a game-changer proposal from NEC, which could see a new mega-housing site in the West Midlands, right in the town that is facing the biggest challenge of the Green Belt.” A statement from the NEC Group said discussions were underway between the Birmingham and Solihull councils and the mayor’s office on the proposals, which, if built, would cover 140 hectares. Andy Street’s office has been contacted for comment.


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