Plans approved for 31-storey Birmingham tower

05 Mar 17

Plans have been approved for a 31-storey tower with 205 apartments in Birmingham city centre after planners concluded that the development would have a 'less than substantial' impact on heritage assets.

According to a Birmingham City Council planning report, planning consent was granted in November 2015 for a 22-storey residential building and an 18-storey hotel building on a 0.12 hectare site between Broad Street, Oozells Way and Sheepcote Street in Birmingham city centre.

The report said that work has since started on the residential tower "but the applicant no longer wishes to proceed with the previously consented hotel tower and is now seeking planning consent to construct a second residential tower instead".

The proposed 31-storey residential building would contain 205 apartments along with a ground floor restaurant.

The report said that heritage watchdog Historic England had recommended that the scheme be refused, claiming that the "height and proximity of the proposed tower would have a major negative impact on the setting of the listed building and also impact on that of the adjacent listed buildings".

But the report said that planners concluded that "there are public benefits that outweigh the less than substantial harm to the setting of the adjacent Left Bank or other nearby listed buildings".

Overall, planners concluded that the development would help the area’s "further regeneration, providing much needed housing units and a large investment on this site".

The report said that the tower would fall "within the Central Ridge Zone where tall buildings are acceptable in principle".

Furthermore, the report added, the building "is well designed with an active ground floor and distinctive crown, which would add to the city’s skyline".

Plans have been approved for a 31-storey tower with 205 apartments in Birmingham city centre after planners concluded that the development would have a 'less than substantial' impact on heritage assets.

According to a Birmingham City Council planning report, planning consent was granted in November 2015 for a 22-storey residential building and an 18-storey hotel building on a 0.12 hectare site between Broad Street, Oozells Way and Sheepcote Street in Birmingham city centre.

The report said that work has since started on the residential tower "but the applicant no longer wishes to proceed with the previously consented hotel tower and is now seeking planning consent to construct a second residential tower instead".

The proposed 31-storey residential building would contain 205 apartments along with a ground floor restaurant.

The report said that heritage watchdog Historic England had recommended that the scheme be refused, claiming that the "height and proximity of the proposed tower would have a major negative impact on the setting of the listed building and also impact on that of the adjacent listed buildings".

But the report said that planners concluded that "there are public benefits that outweigh the less than substantial harm to the setting of the adjacent Left Bank or other nearby listed buildings".

Overall, planners concluded that the development would help the area’s "further regeneration, providing much needed housing units and a large investment on this site".

The report said that the tower would fall "within the Central Ridge Zone where tall buildings are acceptable in principle".

Furthermore, the report added, the building "is well designed with an active ground floor and distinctive crown, which would add to the city’s skyline".

 

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