Vague early proposals for a new “garden city” extension to the east of Birmingham, to be ready to co-incide with the arrival of the new high-speed rail platform in the city. On current demand, two million new homes will be needed in England by 2020. 100,000 of these are being mooted for the low-grade agricultural land east of Birmingham…

“A Whitehall source confirmed that the proposed new city close to HS2 was a “strong contender” for substantial development as it would be “extremely central and well-connected”.” [also] “the prospect of a major expansion to Birmingham Airport, which could be rebranded “London Birmingham”