The OaksThe Oaks outer

Themes: regeneration, affordable housing, public land

Formerly used as a hospital and previously owned by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, this 43-acre site lies just east of the A38 and close to both Selly Oak and Bourneville stations.

This development will eventually include 650 homes, of which just under a fifth will be social/affordable housing. The emphasis will be on providing homes for families in two, three and four bedroom properties in a mixture of styles including detached, semi-detached and short terraces. In addition, there will be a smaller number of one and two bedroom apartments to enhance the street scene and diversity of the development. It is anticipated that a large number of the homes sold will be supported by the Government's Help to Buy initiative.

This major residential project is expected to create 1,500 jobs during its lifespan. Phase one of the development will comprise 98 homes, including 18 social/affordable units, a new cricket pitch and pavilion, open space and parking.

The entire development will be sympathetic to the character of its surroundings, including the adjacent Bourneville Conservation Area, in terms of both the scale and design of the houses and the landscaped setting. The development will also respect the level of amenity currently enjoyed by existing occupiers adjoining the site and will provide an attractive living environment for future occupiers.