Birmingham’s new waterside community is a step closer as Port Loop plans are submitted

17 August 2017

The highly anticipated regeneration of Icknield Port Loop – one of the UK’s most important Brownfield sites – is a step closer, as the joint venture behind the development has submitted a detailed planning application for the project’s first phase. 

The pioneering partnership of leading regeneration specialists Urban Splash and Places for People with landowners Canal & River Trust and Birmingham City Council, has submitted plans for the first phase of the 43-acre site that includes 207 urban, family homes; 117 of which will be terraces of two to five bedrooms, with beautiful terraces opening onto shared residential courtyard gardens.  Savills advised Birmingham City Council and Canal & River Trust on the selection of Urban Splash and Places for People as the preferred development partners for the scheme in 2016.

The partners will create 90 apartments, two new public parks, and canalside spaces within the first phase.  They have been working with award winning masterplanners Macreanor Lavington, ShedKM and Glenn Howells Architects on the housing and with Grant Associates on the public realm designs.  The submission follows a public exhibition on the detailed plans for the first phase of development held in March 2017.  More than 200 local residents came to see details of the development, each offering positive feedback on varying elements of the development – including the 40 modular Town Houses that will form part of the residential provision. 

These contemporary homes are created using the Urban Splash modular blueprint – House – which offers customers choice and space, allowing them to take control by designing the layout and composition of their home. Their designs are then precision-built to each owner’s individual specification in a factory, before being craned into position.

James Lazarus, Head of Property Development at Canal & River Trust said: “The proposals are really exciting and mark the first step in a major regeneration around the canal, which will ultimately open up access to a previously unseen part of our network. Birmingham is the centre of the 200-year-old network of canals.”

There are also plans for a brand new leisure, sports and swimming centre on Ladywood Middleway, for which a separate planning application has been submitted. The location of this facility has been moved from its original site to allow for a larger facility with additional parking. If planning approval is granted, the centre, to be delivered by the City’s Strategic Sport team, should open by mid-2019 and will offer a 25 metre pool and a range of recreational activities.

The approved masterplan for the entire site includes up to 1,150 new homes, commercial, retail and leisure facilities. It aims to transform this neglected and underused part of Birmingham into a vibrant and family-focused new waterside neighbourhood for the 21st Century.

Details of the proposals can be viewed on the website:


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