Consultation opens on proposals for Solihull’s £3 billion Arden Cross development

Arden Cross, Solihull

Arden Cross, home to the HS2 Interchange Station, is asking the public for their views on its plans to create a new business, leisure and residential destination.

The proposed 140 hectare (346-acre) world-class, mixed use development, will be built to the east of the NEC campus and M42 motorway. It has the potential of boosting the regional economy of the West Midlands by more than £1 billion a year, while supporting up to 27,000 jobs and creating 3,000 new homes and 6 million sq ft of employment space, according to Arden Cross Ltd, a special purpose delivery vehicle created by landowners Birmingham City Council, Coleshill Estate and the Packington Estate.

Between 1 and 30th September 2020, members of the public will be able to view the proposed plans at and leave their comments via an online form. People’s feedback will then be used to help inform the final proposed masterplan design.

Arden Cross sits alongside Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Birmingham Business Park and Jaguar Land Rover and is an integral part of the wider plans for the UK Central Hub.

Linking the new HS2 Interchange Station to the nearby NEC, Airport, Resorts World and Birmingham International station, Arden Cross will provide direct access to London and the major regional centres of England via the high speed rail network.

The masterplan proposals have already been shared with the public via the Arden Cross website and people are now being invited to have their say about those plans in a month long consultation.

Ben Gray, Arden Cross Project Director said: “The intention for Arden Cross is to deliver a world class development with the HS2 Interchange Station at its heart and by bringing our masterplan details out to public consultation, we are a step closer to delivering that ambition.”