A RUNDOWN shopping centre is to be replaced as part of the regeneration of north Solihull.
Old premises in Arran Way will make way for the new facility.
There had been some uncertainty among shopkeepers about the development, but a meeting was recently held to thrash out an agreement for future leases.
The meeting – which took place between shop owners and the regeneration partnership, was brokered by local councillor Don Cornock.
Cllr Cornock (Lab, Smith’s Wood) said: “The people of Smith’s Wood will be delighted that we have secured agreement for the new shops to replace the old, decaying shopping centre in Arran Way.
This has followed much hard work by all concerned and I am very pleased that both shopkeepers and shoppers will benefit from this new facility.”
The new shopping facilities will form part of the Smith’s Wood Village Centre. The first stage of the development saw the creation of the new Kingfisher Primary.
There are also plans for healthcare facilities, and new housing adjacent to the village centre.
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