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Economic boost for area

Posted on February 23 2009 at 11:42:18

The Village area is to receive a major economic boost over the next 15 years after the Government approved plans to bring 10,000 jobs and at least 1,450 homes to the redundant Longbridge site.

The £759 million vision prepared by local authorities, Advantage West Midlands and developer St Modwen aims to transform the 350 acres into “a prosperous mixed-use sustainable community”.

As well as homes and jobs, there will be parks, shopping centres and the “Austin Centre”, a museum focusing on the history and importance of area’s automotive legacy.

The leader of Bromsgrove District Council, Coun Roger Hollingworth, said “I am delighted that politics has been put aside and we have all pulled together in order to bring vital jobs, homes and opportunities to the Longbridge area.

“Getting this go-ahead to make the plans a reality could not have come at a better time, and I look forward to Longbridge becoming an example of successful long-term economic and social development.”

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