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Homes plan for squatters' pubs.

Squatters who took over a derelict eyesore pub in Birmingham to campaign for more social housing celebrated a victory as it emerged the site will now make way for 30 new affordable homes.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is to invest more than pounds 2million at the site of the former Firebird pub, in Bellevue, off Bristol Road, Edgbaston.

The HCA, the housing and regeneration agency for England, said 25 homes will be available for social rented housing and five on a shared equity basis to first time buyers or people on low incomes.

Lee Moore, from the Justice Not Crisis group, which squatted at the Firebird for 16 weeks, said: "Without our protest, this decision could have taken at least five years."

Optima Community Association, which is acquiring the land as part of the Attwood Green redevelopment, has already submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council which is due before committee members in coming weeks Work is expected to start on site in mid-December and local people will be able to move in by 2011.

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