Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

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It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

Benefits Street residents charged with drug offences

Seven people have been charged following raids on the now-famous James Turner Street in Birmingham - including one of the stars of the Channel 4 documentary series

50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, how have things changed on Martin Luther King Day in Birmingham, Alabama?

Matthew Wood, on a year abroad at the University of Alabama, discusses what life is like today in one of the major battlegrounds of the 60s

‘Toilet-papered’ Alabama home burns down after family try to clear away mess with fire

Attempt to tidy up following prank from local children ends in disaster

Mark Thomas and Becky Howe, both 23, are 'fuming' over their presentation in Benefits Street

Benefits Street: Ratings rise again as record 5.2m tune in to third episode

The show has added almost 1m viewers since the first episode two weeks ago

Frank Skinner believes he 'made the right decision' to refuse a job on Benefits Street, despite never having seen the show

Benefits Street: Comedian Frank Skinner turned down narrating job

The comedian did not want to offend residents dependent on benefits

TV firm Love Productions benefits – all the way to the bank

The television company which produces the controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street and the BBC's hit The Great British Bake Off has seen its annual revenues leap by a third to £13m.

Benefits Street: House for sale in James Turner Street, Birmingham

It's the street that’s split opinion all over Britain... and now you can buy your very own house on it.

Dee and Caitlin from Channel 4's 'Benefits Street'

Thousands sign petition urging Channel 4 to drop Benefits Street

The series has prompted a police probe and complaints from viewers

Silhouette of clubber dancing Hacienda nightclub

Top ten places people are most likely to have a one night stand in the UK

Survey reveals Swansea is the place people are most likely to have casual sex

Channel 4's series claims to shed light on life on benefits for residents of the street, including Smoggy pictured here

Benefits Street Twitter reactions: The angry, the idiotic and the defensive

Viewers took to social media to voice their opinions on C4's new documentary

Mark Thomas and Becky Howe, both 23, are 'fuming' over their presentation in Benefits Street

Benefits Street residents subjected to death threats after Channel 4 show airs

Viewers posted abusive messages online when the documentary was broadcast

Security firm G4S is tackling an incident at Oakwood Prison. The G4S spokesman said:

'Incident' at Oakwood prison has been resolved says G4S

An incident lasting more than five hours at the country's largest prison has been resolved, security firm G4S has said.

Childhood obesity rates are rising fast

10-year-old girl weighs 22 stone as Birmingham faces obesity epidemic

A 10-year-old Birmingham schoolgirl has highlighted the obesity epidemic facing the city - weighing in at 22 stone 11 lbs.

An operation at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, the institution where a surgeon has been suspended.

Surgeon suspended from Birmingham hospital over allegedly 'branding' his name on a patient's liver

A surgeon has been suspended over allegations that he “branded” his initials onto a patient’s liver.

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