Birmingham City Council recently announced plans for an Advanced
Manufacturing Hub in Aston to take advantage of the success of Jaguar Land
Rover and the expected demand in the automotive manufacturing sector that
this will create. The first phase of which is to be made
available on derelict land mainly controlled by the Council and other
An industrial estate, Concentric Park, has been included in
Phase 1 of the proposals and has been earmarked for demolition despite
being fully let and home to some 16
businesses, operating in many sectors including aerospace and
automotive manufacturing, employing over 150 people. The
Council wish to obtain the industrial estate using their compulsory
purchase order powers (CPO) against the wishes of all the businesses
involved and the owners of the site, despite concerns being raised by those
affected that any forced move would have consequences for their
viability and the many staff they employ.
Given that there appears to be no demand for further large scale
development in the area, the dubious employment claims, the unsuitable
nature of the proposed site and the cost to the taxpayer, the aim should be to protect small businesses, not put them at risk just
to add to the list of derelict land.
Consideration should be given to the suggestion that this industrial
estate, which only represents 7% of the total proposed development, should be allowed to co-exist with any new development for
the following reasons...