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Port Loop plans get the go-ahead

October 26, 2017

Planning has been granted by Birmingham City Council for the first phase of the Port Loop redevelopment at Icknield Port Loop. The site is located 1km to the west of Birmingham city centre and has been identified as a major strategic opportunity site for the city.

GHA worked closely alongside the development masterplanners, Maccreanor Lavington, Shedkm and Grant Associates, to develop the detailed proposals for the first phase of the masterplan. The approved proposals are centred around the re-use of existing assets and establishing a series of typologies that will help establish the site’s character and identity.

This first phase contains family homes that range from two-bedrooms up to five-bedroom in a mix of 207 urban, family homes and 90 apartments. Each house benefits from a private garden terrace or access to a private courtyard. The project also contains two new public parks and a canalside square. GHA will deliver 50% of the homes provided in the development’s first phase.

Speaking on behalf of Places for People and Urban Splash, Adam Willetts said: “We really are thrilled to have secured planning permission and cannot wait to get started on site. Once transformed, this area will bring so much to Birmingham; green spaces, parks, waterfront spaces; an incredible urban island community in which people can live, work and play.”

James Lazarus Head of Property Development at Canal & River Trust added: “We are passionate about vibrant waterways that help to transform places and improve people’s lives.  To see plans approved on such an important site as this is wonderful and will allow us to open up access to a previously unseen part of our network. It is great news for all involved, for the city and for the people who will ultimately live at this scheme.”

Outline planning permission was secured in 2013 for the 17ha masterplan consisting of 1,150 units. In 2016, Birmingham City Council and the Canal and River Trust appointed Places for People and Urban Splash as joint venture delivery partners for the project.