Birmingham City Council has made some important decisions regarding the future of Digbeth recently, with development plans for currently unused buildings being approved.
An application for the refurbishment, conversion and extension of the former Harrison Drape building on Bradford Street has been accepted. The new development will include a total of 313 residential dwellings, along with a retail opportunity.
If built, the developers will contribute £252,956 towards public realm improvements in Digbeth, such as improved street lighting, way finding and landscaping of public space. For more information about the development, click here to see the planning application, or here to see the plans for the site.
Developers has initially hoped to turn Ladbrooke House on the corner of Bordesley Street and Meriden Street into a hotel. However, a new application now includes a banqueting suite in the basement, along with a four-storey, 51-bedroom hotel with a swimming pool, gym, spa and 25 parking spaces.
Click here to see the the planning application in full.
I for one hope that these projects do go ahead, as the redevelopment of fallow buildings (providing it is done sympathetically) can only benefit Digbeth. As far as we’re aware, plans have not yet been submitted for the recently cleared Connaught Sqaure site, but we will keep readers up to date with any changes.