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Birmingham has set out its stall to develop five of the ten eco-towns the Government wants built over the next decade in the UK.

Business leaders at MIPIM, the global property conference in Cannes, heard that the council was keen to start with Longbridge, where plans are already on the drawing board to create 1,400 homes, 10,000 jobs, relocate a college and build a new “city centre” there.

Longbridge would be followed by developments in the area of the Icknield Port loop, the Wheels site and through the Tyseley and Marston Green areas to the east and south east of the city centre.

The council’s thoughts are to follow rail routes and make the eco-towns as public transport friendly as possible right from the outset.

Coun Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said the proposals linked in with the invitation to join former US president Bill Clinton’s Global Climate Change Initiative.

“We were overjoyed to join with global giant CISCO to become one of the world’s leading authorities on developing environmentally friendly ‘smart’ homes and communities.

“Along with Seoul, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Madrid, Birmingham – the only UK city – will have unprecedented access to CISCO and MIT for the next five years to leading ICT resources and ideas to assist us in developing cutting edge eco-towns and communities within this great city.

“We are recognised internationally as a significant and respected global partner.

“Climate change is very much on the agenda now and Birmingham will stage one of the world’s leading Climate Change Festivals in June this year where we will be showcasing many of our projects now in development and throwing our eco-town ideas open to consultation.”

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For further information please contact:

Andy Skinner,
Press Officer, Team Birmingham

07990 978257

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