Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals to develop the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes village including plans to convert the site into a scheme comprising social housing, for sale and private rental homes and a retirement village after the games.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games athletes village

The 1,400-home athletes village in Perry Barr will be built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus and will house 6,500 athletes during the Games which will run from 27 July to 7 August 2022. Demolition of existing BCU buildings on the site began and June and is expected to complete shortly.

Alongside housing, the site is proposed to also feature a running track and green spaces located next to the Alexander Stadium where the track and field events will take place. Future phases of the Perry Barr regeneration plan will be consulted on in 2019.

Work on the residential element is set to begin on site in early 2019, to ensure completion in time for the arrival of representatives from the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories in the summer of 2022.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Since we announced our intention to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, I’ve always said the event is about so much more than just 11 days of sport. The regeneration of Perry Barr will be the most tangible and transformative legacy we achieve as a result of hosting the Games, bringing investment and regeneration to area that has long been crying out for it.

“I commend everyone involved with the development of this planning application. It shows the ‘can do’ attitude of the city council and its commitment to partnership working – by securing planning permission today, 364 days since the Games were awarded to Birmingham, we’ve successfully completed work that would normally a take a Host City three years to complete in just one.”

Earlier this year, Birmingham City Council appointed Lendlease to develop its legacy offering for the 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes village.

Lendlease previously served as the development partner for the London 2012 Olympic Village. Lendlease has subsequently converted the site into a £2.4bn mixed-use development via the Stratford City Business District (SCBD) joint venture with LCR.