Sandwell is growing. Up to £2.9bn of investment between 2022 and 2027 will fund regeneration across the six towns, improving quality of life and making Sandwell a more sustainable, greener place. The £2.9bn Pipeline includes 66 regeneration projects being delivered across Sandwell funded by a range of public and private sector investment.
We’ll be investing in all our six towns, resulting in:
- More than 4,300 new homes
- More than £100million invested in ten education and skills facilities
- Helping 4,000+ new learners and apprentices
- £63million investment in new employment and commercial floorspace, which will also create and safeguard jobs.
Our regeneration plans aim to improve the quality of life for our residents, create more well-paid, fulfilling jobs and a healthier, wealthier Sandwell.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Regeneration Pipeline?
The pipeline sets out the major investment projects that the Council, its partners, and the private sector intend to deliver in Sandwell within the period 2022 to 2027. It represents strategically important infrastructure and housing projects that are key to the regeneration of Sandwell. The pipeline demonstrates our determination to bring meaningful change to the borough and improve Sandwell for all.
How is the Regeneration Pipeline funded?
The Regeneration Pipeline is funded from a combination of private sector and public sector investment. Private companies and investors represent by far the largest investors in the Borough especially into residential and employment schemes. Whilst many of the individual schemes in the Pipeline have an agreed funding strategy, there are some projects that are not funded at all or are not commercially viable to take forward to implementation.
It is the role of Sandwell Council to work with developers and investors to secure funding and address viability gaps to enable these schemes to proceed. The key investors in the Regeneration Pipeline over the next five years are as follows: –
- Private Sector – Investment in Residential & Commercial developments (£400m)
- Private Sector – Investment in Energy related schemes (£350m)
- Private Sector – BT OpenReach – Investment in Digital Infrastructure in Sandwell (£40m)
- Public Sector – Department for Education investment in primary and secondary schools in Sandwell (£100m)
- Public Sector – Department for Transport (City Region Sustainable Travel Settlement) – £150m investment in Transport Schemes
- Public Sector – Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities – Investment in Towns Fund Programme – 16 schemes (£67.5m)
- Public Sector – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – Investment in Housing / Health Centre / Aquatics Centre (£160m)
- Transport for West Midlands – Investment in Metro Extension (£160m) and other local transport schemes (£35m)
- Housing Associations – Investment in Social Housing (£100m)
How will we find out how the Regeneration Pipeline is progressing?
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council will review progress every six months against all projects in the Pipeline and publish a report in the public domain and on this website. Visit the Resources section for an update on the projects on site currently.
Will the Regeneration Pipeline change over time?
Yes. New projects will be added to the Pipeline by the Council after they have been considered by our Cabinet. If the sponsor of a scheme on the existing Pipeline advises that it cannot proceed, then the project will be removed by the Council via formal Cabinet decision.
Towns Fund Programme
On 6 September 2019 it was announced that 101 towns had been identified by Government to benefit from the Towns Fund which comprises £3.6billion with up to £25million per town being available. The amount of funding allocated to each town will be based on a Town Deal agreed with Government.
West Bromwich, Smethwick and Rowley Regis have been invited by the Government to create a Town Deal. This is a really exciting opportunity to bring investment into Sandwell.
- West Bromwich Town Fund Boundary Map
- Smethwick Towns Fund Boundary Map
- Rowley Regis Towns Fund Boundary Map
The objective of the fund is to drive the economic regeneration in towns to deliver long term economic and productive growth through: –
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure
Town Deal Boards
To coordinate the three Town Deals in Sandwell, an overarching Towns Fund Superboard (Town Deal Board) was established in July 2020 with three town-level Local Boards established as working groups of the Superboard. This model of the Superboard being supported by the three Local Boards was effective throughout Phase 1 – Development of Town Investment Plans (submitted to government in October 2020) and Phase 2 – Development of Full Business Case (summary documentation submitted to government by March 2022), through robust due diligence and assurance processes.
On 18 May 2022, SMBC Cabinet approved the governance arrangements for the Towns Fund Programme Phase 3 – Delivery. As a result, the Sandwell Superboard structure has been replaced by the three Local Boards who each become a Town Deal Board and inherit Superboard responsibilities: –
You can view Town Deal Board meeting packs by clicking on the links above.
To view historic Sandwell Superboard meeting papers, click here.
The Town Deal Boards comprise a wide range of key stakeholders from community, business, voluntary, public-sector and faith organisations as well as local MPs. To find out more about the roles of the Town Deal Board members, you can view the Towns Fund Terms of Reference. All board members are required to read, sign and complete the Towns Fund Code of Conduct.