Solihull Council looking for partner to deliver Simon Digby housing scheme


To bring over 175 homes to Chelmsley Wood Solihull Council is looking for a partner organisation to take on the Simon Digby site. 

The former Simon Digby school site, located off the Chester Road (A452), was identified for new homes in 2013 under the Solihull Local Plan. An early proposal for the 4.5ha plot shows how it could provide much needed family homes, set amongst a pleasant natural environment with footpaths connecting residents to the Cole Valley landscape.

Following initial technical surveys, the Council is now looking for an organisation get this scheme off the ground. The chosen organisation will need to deliver a minimum of 175 new family homes, with at least 40% of these being ‘Affordable Housing’ in line with local planning policy.

Potential organisations will have to demonstrate a clear commitment to ensuring any scheme meets the highest standards for energy efficiency and sustainability

This development will provide much needed family homes.  Any plans will focus on creating a distinct sense of place and creating a thriving well integrated new community, perfectly positioned to benefit from the economic opportunities that the arrival of the HS2 will bring.

Reducing carbon emissions is a priority for Solihull Council. That’s why any organisations bidding for the work are being challenged to deliver a scheme that is highly sustainable, incorporating low carbon technology and electric vehicle charging. Alongside the housing they will also be asked to provide a replacement playground and new nature trail.

The Initial feasibility work, concept masterplan development and acquisition of land has been managed as part of the West Midlands Combined Authority funded UK Central Infrastructure Programme. The successful organisation will take the designs to the next stage and undertake public consultation before submitting a final planning application.

Residents can see the early proposal for the scheme and register for project updates, including notifications about any future planning applications related to this site by visiting