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Plans submitted for regeneration of Icknield Port Loop

The regeneration of Icknield Port Loop in Birmingham has moved a step closer after the joint venture behind the development submitted a detailed planning application for the project’s first phase.

The partnership between Urban Splash and Places for People with Landowners Canal & River Trust and Birmingham City Council, submitted plans for the 43-acre site that includes 207 urban, family homes; 117 of which will be terraces of two to five bedrooms and a shared residential courtyard garden.

Adam Willetts, of Urban Splash, said: “This site is an amazing, if very underused, part of Birmingham with tremendous potential that, subject to planning approval, the Icknield Port Loop partnership will completely regenerate.

“These plans are ambitious and transformative and are intended to bring that land back to life, making it a sustainable, and much-loved place for people to live, work and play.”

The Partners will create 90 apartments, two new public parks, and canalside spaces within the first phase.

Nigel Brewer, of Places for People, said: “Our plans have evolved and we’re very excited to be delivering a scheme that will benefit existing city residents as well as attracting new ones. It will put pedestrians and cyclists first, offer generous new green spaces, bring redundant parts of the canal back to life and provide new water-based activities to the area.”

There are also plans for a 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 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.

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