Newhall Square Development – Closer to Sign Off

Charlotte Street (Image: Associated Architects)

Proposals to construct 220 high-end apartments in Newhall Square could get the go-ahead on Thursday 31st August, subject to a funding agreement between the developer, Spitfire Bespoke Homes (SBH) and the city council.

SBH, the residential arm of IM Properties, previously applied for planning permission in March to construct two new buildings and redevelop historically important Grade II properties on land at Newhall Street and Charlotte Street.

Stage One: Next to the controversial Stay City Aparthotel, would comprise a five-storey building, while the adjoining building at 94 Charlotte Street, which dates back to the 19th century, would be used as a clubhouse for residents.

Stage Two: On Newhall Street, is a double height commercial space on the ground floor with five floors of residential accommodation above. To the rear, the structure would step up to eight and ten storeys.

The Grade II listed Portico Building attached to 144 Newhall Street and the Whitmore Warehouse, the former home of the Elkington & Co Works are all part of the development.

The proposals have been informally recommended for approval ahead of a Birmingham City Council planning committee meeting on Thursday subject to the finalisation of a section 106 agreement.

The document filed ahead of the meeting revealed Spitfire has already offered to contribute £300,000 towards off-site affordable housing in the Jewellery Quarter and £31,500 for car park and public realm improvements. It will also invest £650,000 on the creation of the public square. An independent assessor said the offer is “reasonable”.


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