The Dogpool Lane site at the junction of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road in Selly Park is well located to meet the needs of students at a number of the universities in Birmingham and in particular those studying at the University of Birmingham (UoB). The journey to the UoB (southern gate) is around mile away and takes under 15 minutes on foot and around 8 minutes by bicycle. The journey to the centre of the UoB campus takes 22 minutes on foot and 10 minutes by bicycle.
Currently across the whole of the City of Birmingham, at the start of the 2017/18 academic year, there was an estimated total of 12,447 bedspaces in University owned/managed halls of residence. This figure includes the private sector partnership residences that support the halls of residence provision by Aston University, Birmingham City University and The University of Birmingham. In addition, there will be, at the start of the 2018/19 academic year some 11,100 bedspaces in use that are provided in private sector halls. If the numbers of those living at home are excluded from any calculation (as not being in need of accommodation), there is a total of 23,500 purpose-built bedspaces and an overall provision level of purpose-built accommodation for 48% of all full-time students (who are in need of accommodation). The gap in the number of bedspaces between those in need of accommodation (excluding those living at home) and this total provision is 25,000.
Dogpool Lane would be ideal for student not just attending University of Birmingham. The new state of the art accommodation could cater for students at Aston University, University College Birmingham and Birmingham City university. Quickest routes to those in central Birmingham is either by bus or by bicycle.
Journeys into Central Birmingham by bicycle are aided by two developments. Already in use is the National Cycle Network Rea Valley Route which runs close to the Dogpool Lane site and offers a safe and quiet route into the City Centre and then onward journeys to University College Birmingham, Birmingham City University and Aston University. As part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project with its aim of increasing the share of journeys across the city that are made by bicycle to 5% by 2023, one of the first routes being created is along the A38 from Selly Oak into Central Birmingham.
The site is within easy access of the City Centre and its core amenities. Bournville and Selly Oak Railway Stations are both around a mile away and Birmingham New Street station is under half an hour away by bus or bicycle.
There are a number of local shops and services in the area immediately surrounding the Dogpool Lane site. These include the Ten Acre Street Post Office, a convenience store, take-away and a café. A little further to the south along the Pershore Road is a local centre at the junction of Ribblesdale Road with an off-licence and convenience store, a hair and beauty salon and an Indian Restaurant and take-away. Ten minutes’ walk away is the village of Stirchley which offers a full range of services which include a Co-operative supermarket, a snooker hall, a number of pubs, a bicycle repair shop and a swimming pool.
Despite the economic benefits and the boost to Selly Oaks skills base that students bring, they also put major pressure on housing in the city.