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BIRMINGHAM LAUNCHES£100M REGENERATION PLAN

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Run-down estates in Birmingham are to benefit from one of the UK's largest regeneration programmes, with£100m earm...
Run-down estates in Birmingham are to benefit from one of the UK's largest regeneration programmes, with£100m earmarked to pump new life into them.

The Birmingham Post (8 July, p3) reported that the five-year scheme, which will replace tower blocks with modern flats, maisonettes and houses, was launched by the city council and the Optima Community Association.

It has been described as a model for future urban regneration. Optima was formed a year ago and oversees nearly 3,000 former council properties following their transfer from the council last summer.

A hunt is now under way for a major developer to construct the new communities, with firms invited to register an interest by next month.

Albert Bore, leader of the council, described the development as contributing to the continuing renaissance of Birmingham as well as improving an area which residents feel has missed out on regeneration cash in the past.

'We should just not see this as a physical renaissance but one which is encompassing the regeneration of our economic well-being as the re-birth of the cultural and skill fabric of the city,' he said.

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