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According to the Birmingham Post, the £1.8 billion scheme will see housebuilding group Bellway start work on the dwellings across four sites, with under half of the properties to be affordable housing.

In all, 26 one, two and three-bedroom residences will be constructed at Castle Oak in Kingshurst. An additional 46 houses will be built next to Keepers Gate (one of Bellway's previous developments), while 38 homes will be constructed at Forest Oak in Birmingham Road. And 27 properties (including apartments, terraced homes and semi-detached houses) will be built at Montford Rise in Woodlands Highway.

Sales and marketing director for Bellway West Midlands said that the plans will do a lot to regenerate the area, adding: "We feel that these 137 new homes across four sites will bring a real boost to the area and we hope the residents of north Solihull agree."

Late last year, the news source reported that an additional 1,000 apartments could soon be built in Birmingham city centre, with five buildings in Exchange Square in Eastside near the Hive and Masshouse apartment blocks being considered ripe for conversion.

As well as new flats, there will be ground-floor retail units, restaurants, a gym and cafes, all of which suggests that much is being done to improve the residential landscape of the city.