New schools boost housing sales in North Solihull

(11th May 2007)

Solihull house-hunters wanting to be at the top-of-the-class should head to Chapel Walk, Chelmsley Wood, for proximity to a selection of the Borough's best new schools.

The Regenerating North Solihull Chapel Walk development of 85 family homes and apartments - which is being constructed by Bellway Homes - is situated next to the new £28million Grace Academy. It is also close to several other secondary schools which will soon undergo an £80million transformation.

Grace Academy only took in its first intake of pupils last autumn, but as a City Academy, expectations of the school are high. City Academies have an excellent track record; nationally they are twice as good as the schools they replace, and their increases in five good GCSEs far outstrip the national average.

Solihull Council schools in the area due for improvement under the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme include Archbishop Grimshaw, Park Hall, Smith's Wood and Lanchester Special School. Meanwhile, Forest Oak and Merstone Special Schools have already been relocated to a new combined site in Smith's Wood with state-of-the-art facilities.

The £1.8bn Regenerating North Solihull programme will also see all children aged from 0-11 in the area being able to go to a new extended primary school, as plans are in place to develop 10 new primary schools, accommodating 4,200 4-11 year olds, as well as offering 600 new nursery places, within the next decade.

Janet Bradbury, Chief Executive of the North Solihull Partnership, said:  "There has been a high level of early interest in the Chapel Walk scheme, and we have no doubt that the nearby recently opened Grace Academy - combined with the massive investment in all other local schools - will attract more and more families to the area.

"Many parents put good local schools at the top of their wish list when buying a property and Chapel Walk will offer these in abundance. People also want a community-feel to their environment, but with the convenience of being close to employment hubs. North Solihull's proximity to Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham International Airport and the NEC, combined with the strategy to develop five new extensive village centres in the area will create this much-desired atmosphere."

As well as the five village centres that are going to be created, Chelmsley Wood town centre - which is within walking distance of Chapel Walk - is undergoing a £60million revamp.

The nearby Chapelhouse recreation ground is also scheduled to undergo a £300,000 transformation, which will see new play areas for children of all ages, as well as new footpaths and lighting.

Stefan Briddon, director of Bellway Homes, said: "There is a huge demand for high quality properties in North Solihull, and the family homes in Chapel Walk are great value for money with three bedroom designs priced from only £175,000."Whilst boasting some of the most keenly priced new homes in the West Midlands, it is the investment in the surrounding area that will make Chapel Walk such an attractive place in which to live. North Solihull is being totally revamped with new homes, new schools, and better community facilities."

School improvements include a new main building for the 1,400-pupil Archbishop Grimshaw School as well as a new chapel, multi-use games area, and performing arts and theatre facilities. Lanchester School will become a co-educational facility with a new building for pupils with emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties, as well as improved sports facilities.

Park Hall is also getting a new main building, a multi-use games area and ICT facilities for community use. Smith's Wood is getting a new building, artificial turf pitch, multi-use games area and swimming pool. And, the newly built Forest Oak and Merstone special schools have specialist facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and sensory rooms.

The first tranche of newly released homes at Chapel Walk comprise three bedroom houses priced from £175,000 and four bedroom homes priced from £190,500, up to £239,995. A selection of properties will also be made available to key workers and first time buyers with the assistance of grants from the Government-backed housing organisation English Partnerships to help with the cost.

For all enquiries regarding Chapel Walk, please call the on site sales consultants on 0121 788 1709. The marketing suite is open from Thursday – Monday between 10am – 5pm.


For further information, please contact Alun Thorne or Charlotte Crossley at Core Marketing, 0121 643 8151.