The Centres

Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre

Chelmund's Cross Village Centre is expected to be the largest village centre and incorporates the new Bishop Wilson primary school (which is also the new home of the relocated St Andrew's Church).  There will be new community facilities, health care, retail and an Enterprise Centre providing office space for small and new start up businesses. There will also be an area of public open space with seating and planting.  This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Phase 1, The Enterprise Centre, Improvements to the Chester Road, Village Centre Roads & Public Realm

The Enterprise building, public realm and all Village Centre and Chester Road works are now complete and the Enterprise Centre is open.  Demolition of the existing shops and gym building has commenced and the remaining two shops will be demolished shortly.

New Bus Route - Service 70 from 21st July 2014

From Monday, 21st July the number 70 will service the new Chelmund's Cross Village Centre. As part of the development there will be two new stops (one on each site of the road) within the Village Centre.  The part of Dunster Road between Chelmsley Road and Craig Croft will not be served by the number 70.

Chelmund's Cross Newsletter

Phase 2, GP/Health Care Facilities

Work on the construction of the new health buildings (GP, Dental Centre and pharmacy), is planned to commence on 19th January 2015. Pre-planning consultation was held with local residents during July 2013 with very positive feedback about all 3 services being under one roof.  The detailed planning application has been approved by Solihull Council. Tenders for the construction of the building have been received by SMBC and the preferred contractor has been appointed.

To view the Masterplan for Chelmund's Cross Village Centre click here

For frequently asked questions on Chelmund's Cross Village Centre please click here

A Stakeholder Forum for Chelmund's Cross has been set up to bring together key stakeholders with an interest in the Village Centre. Meeting monthly, the forum will act as a mechanism to keep stakeholders informed about the progression of the development in line with key milestone dates. The group will also consider the longer-term management of the village centre once construction is complete.

Background 

Back in 2009 outline planning consent was granted for the Craig Croft Development.  Since then a lot of work has gone into making the development happen:

  • A £4.3m grant from the European Regional Development Fund and a further £4.3m of funding from Solihull Council has been secured
  • The new Bishop Wilson School has been completed and opened to pupils in September 2013
  • A detailed study has been carried out on the Chester Road to look at how to provide vital access to the development and its shops and amenities, how to reduce the speed limit from 50mph to 40mph making the road safer to cross and meaning the unpopular underpass can be removed.

A further planning application was submitted in April 2012, which included detailed proposals for the development of the new Enterprise Centre, changes to the Chester Road and changes to the layout of some neighbouring streets, including Hedingham Grove and Dunster Road.

The application also included outline proposals for other parts of the village centre including new shops, a new GP surgery, Dentist and Pharmacy and two further development plots.  Planning consent for this 'hybrid' application was granted in June 2012.

The £4.3m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which has been secured for this project must be spent within set timescales. For a detailed guide to the programme please click here