Go-ahead for Birm­ing­ham canal­side devel­op­ment


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The first stage of Birm­ing­ham’s Ick­nield Port re­gen­er­a­tion devel­op­ment has been given plan­ning ap­proval by the City Coun­cil, sig­nalling the start of a ma­jor scheme which will trans­form the ad­ja­cent lengths of the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions main line and Ick­nield Port Loop.

The scheme in­volv­ing the Canal & River Trust (as landown­ers) will see 207 new homes, 90 apart­ments and a pub­lic park and canal­side spa­ces cre­ated as the first phase of the 43 acre waterside devel­op­ment on a derelict for­mer in­dus­trial site.

Mean­while in Le­ices­ter, plans have been un­veiled for a new £ 900,000 foot­bridge over the Le­ices­ter Line of the Grand Union Canal, link­ing to­gether two cur­rent waterside ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment schemes on for­mer in­dus­trial sites: the Sock Is­land scheme on the site of the old Wolsey tex­tile mill, and the for­mer Bri­tish In­dus­trial Shoe Ma­chin­ery site. And on the Grand Union’s Slough Arm, a £ 95 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion has been ap­proved by Slough Bor­ough Coun­cil. This will see a run-down canal­side in­dus­trial area around the ter­mi­nus re­placed with 240-home res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, in what is de­scribed as “a bid to re­gen­er­ate the Slough Basin into a destination for boaters and canal lovers alike”.

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