Property firm accused of undermining Birmingham road redevelopment

Birmingham City Council has accused a major property firm of putting the planned redevelopment of transport services at Longbridge at risk over a cash row.

The authority is involved in an inquiry with St Modwen Properties over the company’s refusal to pay a £145,000 tariff for the area’s development, reports the Birmingham Mail.

These funds are intended for use in improving the former MG Rover car works site’s transport infrastructure, including road improvements and the implementation of a park and ride scheme.

However, St Mowden is arguing that it cannot afford to pay this tariff until it has made a significant return on the offices it has built on the site.

Anthony Crean QC, representing the council, therefore accused the company of trying to “hitch a free ride” by failing to pay the tariff when other businesses have done so.

Birmingham City Council earlier this year committed to making improvements to road surfaces across the city to repair damage done during the harsh winter.

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