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URBED's Birmingham regeneration scheme gets go-ahead

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Outline planning approval has been granted for a 1,000 home canalside regeneration scheme masterminded by URBED

The application for the scheme was submitted by the Homes and Communities Agency and the Canals and Rivers Trust, who own the site at Icknield Port Loop near Edgbaston.

Plans for the site include homes, a new community centre, a park, a ten-storey hotel, and a supermarket.

David Rhead, area manager of the HCA said: ‘This site forms a major part of Birmingham’s housing growth ambitions, creating a new urban community on the western edge of the city core. The aspiration is for family homes as well as apartment living in order to create a sustainable environment with high quality facilities.’

There had been previous development proposed for the site, including a scheme by Glenn Howells Architects back in 2007. URBED acknowledged their scheme differed from previous iterations with more of a focus on family housing and open space.

Work on site is set to begin in 2014. 

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