Category Archives: Planning

Planning applications

Do Sainsbury’s Selly Oak Plans Ignore National and Local Guidelines?

Sainsbury’s and their partners Land Securities have submitted a new outline plan for their proposed redevelopment of waste land in Selly Oak. The  Worcester & Birmingham canal runs alongside this and is in dire need of enhancement as this stretch lets down the rest of the canal which elsewhere provides a picturesque approach to Birmingham centre for the multitude of visiting narrow boaters.

However, their new plans are much diluted in community benefits and are very unpopular with some.

Read more and see what you think.

City Centre Cycling Strategy – public input

Birmingham City Council Transportation have just started the development of a City Centre Cycling Strategy, to look at the role cycling can play in the city centre within the (Middle) Ring Road, and including crossing points of the Ring Road. They want to identify priority routes for cyclists – which can include roads, public squares, towpaths, etc. They are asking for the opinions of cyclists and those who would like to cycle. Either ideas for good routes, or details of hazardous areas, would be welcome. Any matter relevant to city centre cycling can be included.

Please email comments to and put City Centre Cycling Strategy in the subject line, preferably by  Friday 19th October if possible.

(Many thanks to one of our readers, Stefan, for alerting us to this council request).

Karen Caine

New Residential Planning Application

A planned residential development affects the vicinity differs in style to existing apartment developments.

This is planning application 2012/04442/PA relating to the construction on unused land bounded by Sherborne Street and Grosvenor Street West of 35×3 bedroom town houses.

My initial thoughts are that this is high density housing on what is described as a low value site (hardly!) within the planning application.

The public consultation period ends on 2 August 2012.

To save you time and effort click here to see the outline planning permission application and you can make your comments there. At the bottom of the application you can click on the more detailed items. However, to see the list of related documents click here.
For an overview of the site click here.
But the elevation of the site and how it would appear from the roads is shown here and here.

Geoff Caine

NIA Refurbishment – Public Consultation in ICC Atrium

NIA Refurbishment Exhibition in ICC Atrium

There is a small exhibition of the refurbishment proposals taking place today, Friday 18th, until 6pm and tomorrow 10am to 4pm.

People are on hand to answer your queries.

There is a questionnaire which seeks your views on the plans.



The timescale for the refurbishment is:

            • Planning Application submission Summer 2012
            • Planning Decision around the end of October 2012

If permission granted….

  • Work commencing December 2012
  • Work completed December 2014

website will be updated with the material on show next week.

Geoff Caine

An Arena Central Development gets Planning Permission

Holiday Inn Express in Arena Central

Holiday Inn Express on the left – Crown Plaza on the right seen from Holiday Street
Reproduced from planning Application

At last the Arena Central site opposite the new Library might be given a kick-start!

Plans for a 210 bedroom Hotel complex submitted by company Centre Island Birmingham have been given planning permission. The planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 17 May passed the application with the usual precautionary conditions.

The 14 story building will house a health club and spa at ground level with a Holiday Inn Express hotel above. The new hotel will be linked via an atrium to the existing Crown Plaza hotel which the company owns. Development could start in the middle of 2013 with the hotel opening at the start of 2015.

The building is essentially situated in Holiday Street and will not involve demolition of the other buildings on the Arena Central site.

This will be just one of the new buildings in the Arena Central Complex, development of which stalled 3 years ago, due to changing requirements in the real estate market. Other developments planned for the site will be a public square, and office buildings including the proposed V building of 51 storeys.

Centre Island Birmingham will own the whole site and hence this first redevelopment may well kick-start the rest of the development site.

The planning application is 2012/01429/PA.

Geoff Caine

Big City Plan Update – the Eastside Masterplan

Big City Plan LogoBirmingham City Council has issued another document describing its vision for the future of the Eastside of Birmingham City Centre. This is one of the Five Areas of Transformation in the of the Big City Plan, which is a developing initiative.
The latest document is 40 pages long!  It’s a very good document, though, with much more details than in previous ones. There’s lots of artists impressions and photos of current scenes – well worth a read!
This is a vision, and there will be consultations as the details develop. You can give your opinions and ideas:
Contact – Development Directorate, Birmingham City Council
Call: 0121 303 4507
View the document.

Geoff Caine

Birmingham Big City Plan and Transport Strategy – public meeting and consultation

Big City Plan logo and picture of a the Metro

Birmingham Big City Plan and Vision for Movement Transport Strategy

A chance for residents to get involved with how our city centre is run and will develop.

The Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Forum is holding a public meeting, including Big City Plan consultation workshops, on 24th November 2010 at 6:45pm in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone.

At the end there will be an opportunity for city centre residents who wish to get even more involved with improving our city centre life to stand for election to the Neighbourhood Forum committee at our short AGM. We need volunteers!

Our guest speakers are:

Councillor Tim Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration.

Gary Taylor, Chair of the Broad Street BID (Business Improvement District) and Joint Managing Director of Argent UK.

Richard Cowell, Big City Plan, Birmingham City Council.

Please come to the Great Charles Street entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery.

Read on for map, agenda, etc…

Continue reading

Morrisons Planning Application for Edgbaston is Rejected


Morrisons planning application for a new store at the Hagley Road/Harborne Road former Edgbaston Shopping Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, has been turned down by Birmingham Planning Committee. They described the proposed structure as “awful”.

The building is pictured in supporting document Revised Proposed Elevations Coloured 2 Of 2:3441 PA13 in the planning application (please note this link can be very slow to load!). The question is does the design fit in with existing buildings in the area, for example the Marriot Hotel shown in the link?

Read more about this in the Birmingham Post.

Geoff Caine

Have Your Say – Big City Plan

Hurry! The official consultation period finishes 6th February!

Its your chance to tell our council how you would like to see the city develop in the years to come!

Monday 2nd February 2009

Are you associated with Creative Republic or make your living in the creative industries? Or are you a member of Birmingham Futures? If so, this meeting about the Big City Plan on Monday night could be the one for you…

Tuesday 3rd March 2009

Alternatively a representative from the City Centre Development Team will be present to discuss the Big City Plan at a Ladywood Constituency public meeting about it 3 March 2009 at 7pm at Ladywood Community and Health Centre, Ladywood.


If you can’t attend a meeting, why not have your say online?

The Birmingham Bloggers group have ‘translated’ the Big City Plan into Plain English, and enabled people to leave their comments against each section. . Even better – do both!