800 homes planned for huge canal de­vel­op­ment

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

UP to 800 new homes are to be de­vel­oped on a derelict canal­side plot in Birm­ing­ham.

A joint ven­ture be­tween Lon­don­based de­vel­op­ers Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal and Gal­liard Homes have teamed up with in­vestor Clare­mont Property Group to ac­quire the Soho Loop site.

The 12-acre plot is op­po­site City Hospi­tal, in Dud­ley Road, Win­son Green, and sits along­side the old Main Line canal.

Pre­vi­ous owner City and Pro­vin­cial Prop­er­ties se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion for 500 homes in 2015 but the new own­ers are hop­ing to grow this sig­nif­i­cantly when they sub­mit a re­vised plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

The cur­rent plan­ning con­sent al­lows for the con­struc­tion of six plots, with three fronting on to Dud­ley Road. Va­cant and derelict build­ings will make way for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent-sized prop­er­ties. Soho Loop also sits next to Ick­nield Port Loop, an­other ma­jor re­gen­er­a­tion planned for this part of Birm­ing­ham, and fea­tures in the Greater Ick­nield Mas­ter­plan.

The over­all vi­sion is for 3,000 new homes and 1,000 new jobs in an area which sits be­tween Edg­bas­ton Reser­voir and the Jew­ellery Quar­ter.

Ap­s­ley’s di­rec­tor Robin Norstrom said: “We are re­ally ex­cited about the Soho Loop de­vel­op­ment.

“It is go­ing to trans­form what is a ne­glected and derelict area of Bir- ming­ham into a canal­side quar­ter of high-qual­ity homes with char­ac­ter in a green pocket.

“It has the added at­trac­tion of be­ing just a few min­utes’ walk or cy­cle from all that Birm­ing­ham has to of­fer in terms of en­ter­tain­ment and em­ploy­ment.

“It is an am­bi­tious project which will de­liver well-man­aged, goodqual­ity hous­ing. We see it as an in­no­va­tive re­sponse to to­day’s chang­ing needs in ac­com­mo­da­tion. We also be­lieve it could as­sist with the re­ten­tion of grad­u­ates and key work­ers in Birm­ing­ham while sup­port­ing the in­ward in­vest­ment de­ci­sions of key em­ploy­ers in the re­gion.”

He added: “We have iden­ti­fied Birm­ing­ham as a key city in Europe for fur­ther in­vest­ment.

“We re­ally be­lieve it has an enor­mous amount to of­fer both now and in the fu­ture with the ar­rival of ma­jor projects such as the new HSBC head­quar­ters, the Par­adise de­vel­op­ment and the start of work on HS2.”

In 1788, the first canal-based glass­works in the city was built on the site as the Park Glasshouse and con­tin­ued in pro­duc­tion for about a cen­tury.

In 1896, it was re­de­vel­oped as the Ger­man Sil­ver Works to pro­duce a type of al­loy that was widely used in the jew­ellery and flat­ware trades in Birm­ing­ham.

Man­jit Deol, founder of Clare­mont Property Group, added: “The Soho Loop de­vel­op­ment will bring new life back to what was once a densely oc­cu­pied in­dus­trial hub.

“The canal frontages pro­vide an at­trac­tive res­i­den­tial en­vi­ron­ment, just over a mile from the city cen­tre which is eas­ily reached along the tow paths on foot or bi­cy­cle.”

Ear­lier this year, Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal and Gal­liard Homes an­nounced they had joined forces to pur­chase a car park in the South­side district close to the Hip­po­drome the­atre to build 385 flats in a project called The Tim­ber Yard.

We iden­ti­fied Birm­ing­ham as a key city in Europe for fur­ther in­vest­ment Ap­s­ley di­rec­tor Robin Norstrom

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Soho Loop de­vel­op­ment in west Birm­ing­ham

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