PLANS to redevelop parts of Sutton town centre have been aired at a crucial inaugural meeting involving key stakeholders.
Sutton's MP Andrew Mitchell chaired the recent meeting of town centre owners, property managers and investors to discuss the prospects of regenerating key sites.
The Gracechurch and Red Rose centres – including Victoria Road car park – New Hall Walk, Station Street car park, Birmingham Road and Brassington Avenue were among the sites identified for possible regeneration.
Discussions focused on the need to re-ignite efforts to develop sections of Sutton town centre and for stakeholders to join together in sharing ideas and visions for the regeneration.
The meeting – which was also attended by representatives of Birmingham City Council along with councillor Anne Underwood, chair of Sutton District Committee, and Sutton Trinity councillor David Pears – was the first time all stakeholders had met in one place and exchanged views on the town centre's future.
A working group committed to continuing discussions on redevelopment and growing understanding between stakeholders was also set up which will be led by Andrew Burley, who heads the Sutton Coldfield Business Improvement District initiative.
Mr Mitchell said: "This meeting marks a key step forward in efforts to redevelop Sutton's town centre. It is vital Andrew Burley maintains the momentum in the steering group and I look forward to hearing back from the group later this year.
"Time and time again, Sutton is identified as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK but our town centre is not as most of us would wish it to be."
All stakeholders have planned to meet again in July.