Chelmsley Wood is a neighbourhood and large housing estate in the North of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, it is located near Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre. There are several bus routes linking the town with Birmingham city centre, located about 8 miles away, as well as the centre of Solihull.
Chelmsley Wood is a relatively new area, which was built by Birmingham City Council in the 1960s on ancient woodland (part of the Forest of Arden) as an overspill town for Birmingham. In recent years, it has been marketed as 'North Solihull,' but this has not really caught on in the area and outside, perhaps because of the socio-economic difference between working-class Chelmsley Wood and middle-class Solihull.
The exact boundary of Chelmsley Wood has become blurred in recent years and Chelmsley Wood as a town has actually shrunk since it was built. Many areas that were considered to be Chelmsley Wood originally, have now become separate areas, notably the areas of Fordbridge, Smith's Wood and Tile Cross.
Plans are currently under way to carry out the largest renovation of older parts of the area since the demolition of many high-rise blocks of flats in the early 1990s. The current plans propose changes to the central shopping centre area, including the construction of a large supermarket, as well as modernisation of housing and commercial buildings in the Craig Croft area. In addition, there will be the renovation of the library and surrounding buildings
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