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Yes In My Back Yard! - Can Housing for the Few Benefit Everyone?

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Signing Tree Conference Centre

Birmingham

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Icknield Port Loop has been a brown field for so long that it's hard to imagine it will ever change. Yet, in less than three months the first bulldozers will arrive on the construction site, and the first of 200 houses will start emerging in early 2019.

It is understandable that the upcoming project garners a lot of interest. The architects planned it as a flagship Birmingham housing project. They responded to the needs of the youngest city in Europe by providing houses that are attractive for millenials and - most importantly - young families: https://glennhowells.co.uk/project/icknield-port-loop-2/

Despite the great regeneration potential this project brings, there are growing concerns it will become an island, out of reach for any residents from adjacent communities and thus precipitate gentrification in the area.

We would like to look at this from a more positive perspective. What can be done to unlock the potential of this development for the wider community? How can housing for the few benefit everyone?

If you are interested in the subject and want to take part in the conversation, if you have ideas for projects and ventures that could benefit the wider local community, please join us!

Note that this evening is not part of formal consultations. The discussion is organised by the USE-IT! project, which has been brought to life to connect skills, energy and ideas on the ground with opportunities afforded by large assets. We believe that sometimes unlocking connections and empowering the right people are all a community needs to transform and grow.

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