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New jobs and growth plan.

Byline: Neil Elkes

A NEW manufacturing business park is at the heart of a major regeneration plan which could create an estimated 5,000 jobs in one of Birmingham's most deprived areas.

The new business park and hotel, near Salford Lake, Aston, is included in the Aston, Newtown and Lozells area action plan due to be agreed by the council cabinet on Monday.

The plan also paves the way for the construction of 1,700 homes, a regeneration of the Perry Barr and Birchfield area with shops, leisure facilities and new housing and improved transport links along the A34, including improved access to the subterranean Perry Barr rail station.

City jobs and development chief Coun Tahir Ali (Lab, Nechells) said: "This regeneration project will see the area undergo a huge transformation, with a better choice and quality of housing, good access to local facilities, jobs and a real sense of identity. The economic regeneration will be secured through the creation of new jobs, particularly at the Aston regional investment site, capitalising on the area's location and proximity to the motorway network. "We will support existing businesses and industry and improve access to employment and skills training for local residents."

The area action plan has been developed following two years of consultation with businesses and the local community.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 20, 2012
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