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Scheme for chocolate model village unwrapped

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These are the first pictures of the proposed revamp of the Bournville Estate model village in Birmingham - the home of Cadbury's chocolate.

Drawn up by the landscape and urban design unit of local firm Scott Wilson, the competition-winning 'vision for the future' aims to overhaul the open spaces, woodlands, play facilities and hedgerows throughout the 400ha estate.

Built in 1894 as a model village by Quaker George Cadbury, there had been growing concerns about the 'quality and performance of the landscape' of Bournville's world-famous community, which is home to more than 27,000 people.

Among the proposals, which go on public exhibition at Bournville College tomorrow (November 1), are plans to reinvent The Green in the heart of the community, which attracts visitors from around the globe.

Alan Shrimpton, Bournville Village Trust's director of estates, said: 'Beautiful as it is, every so often the Bournville landscape needs refreshing to keep it at the forefront of best practice.

'This kind of opportunity only occurs once every generation and we are pleased to be working with Scott Wilson to achieve this end.'

by Richard Waite

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