Build-to-rent apartment plan for Digbeth

The development would include 479 homes available on a rent-only basis

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Build to rent apartment plan for Digbeth

These images show how part of Digbeth could be transformed with the erection of a new build-to-rent apartment development.

The new building, which would be comprised of a range of 1, 2 and 3 bed properties, would feature 479 homes - all available on a rent-only basis.

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The images show a huge 6-10 storey building on land bounded by Bradford Street, Birchall Street, Cheapside & the River Rea.

Buildings currently occupying the site would be demolished if planning permission is granted.

The building would include a gym, restaurant, bar and public and private amenity space if given the go-ahead at today’s planning committee (Dec 9).

Have there been any objections to the plans?

Just one letter of objection has been received from members of the public at this point, with concerns that the new building could overshadow existing accommodation in the area and provide overlooking opportunities.

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New development plans for Digbeth with rent-only homes

What has the council said about the objections?

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However the council have recommended that the proposals be given the go-ahead, with an officer writing: “The application proposes 479 new residential apartments comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed units contributing to the city’s identified housing need.

“The proposal would see the regeneration of this site in accordance with the Rea Valley Master Plan SPD which seeks to regenerate the area.

“The scheme provides a good standard of accommodation with all units meeting the NDSS (Nationally Described Space Standards).

“Good quality private amenity space in the form of landscaped courtyards, balconies and publicly accessible route alongside the River Rea.

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New development plans for Digbeth with rent-only homes
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“The scheme would make a contribution of 48 affordable homes and provide a high-quality brownfield development on a prominent and sustainable City Centre site in accordance with the aims and objectives of both local and national planning policy.

“The issues of design, the clearing of the site and harm are recognised however considering everything in the planning balance and the benefits this scheme proposes would significantly outweigh the negatives and accords with the relevant local and national policy.

“Therefore, on balance subject to the signing of the S106 Agreement, the proposal should be approved.”

A decision is due to be made on Thursday (Dec 9).

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