New planning applications – Albion Street

This year for the blogs we are putting up the significant planning applications to inform residents.  We won’t bother with the more minor things like replacement windows, BT boxes etc as the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQDT) looks at these (of which the JQNF is a member), and residents can comment on these individually.  We will publicise changes of use and new developments.

So, to start with:

A new lease of life for the George and Dragon?

We’ve seen applications for the George & Dragon on Albion St, Carver St and Pope St come and go so will this one do any good?  It is a listed building and much-loved in the Quarter (but not by its various owners?) The proposal is to convert the pub into a licensed restaurant and 3 flats.  There will be some external modification and internal re-planning. The planning application number is 2014/00680/PA (and 2014/00682/PA for the same but is because it is a listed building).  Click “view related documents” at the bottom.

A new secondary school and 6th form in the Quarter

Right next to the George & Dragon is a proposal for St George’s Court on Albion St.  Acclaimed academy Perry Beeches wants to open its 4th school in this building.  Perry Beeches 2 school is on Newhall St in the old Severn Trent offices and is also a secondary school.  The building will undergo conversion and extension, primarily on the Pope St side and will put a recreation area in the courtyard.  The architect and builder have presented the designs to the JQDT. There is a transport document online as well as a heritage document.

A few key points:

  • Is the site suitable for a school?  Does the area need another school?
  • Are the designs suitable for the Quarter?
  • They propose to remove the permit holder parking on Albion St and introduce zig-zag lines to deal with the traffic impact and safety – is this acceptable?

There will be some external modification and internal re-planning. The planning application number is 2014/01269/PA and click “view related documents” at the bottom.

You can log your comments directly on the website or email and quote the application number.  Do let us know your thoughts by commenting here or tweeting @JQNF us so your JQNF can make representations too.

Any planning application can be viewed at here:

Just type in the application number and hit “search”.  Or use the “main application search” for more general searches.

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