Go-ahead for Birmingham canalside development
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”.