And finally… window pain
Plans for a 33-storey apartment tower in the heart of Birmingham’s bustling city centre have been approved with an unusual rule for its would-be residents.
The development at 100 Broad Street is set to boast 294 homes including a mix of units from one-bedroom to three-bedroom and communal amenities such as co-working spaces, a cycle hub, meeting rooms and rooftop gardens.
Councillors on Birmingham City Council’s planning committee who discussed the proposal on Thursday were made aware of concerns over noise and affordable housing.
Concerns were previously raised by the Environmental Pollution Unit over commercial noise and night-time entertainment noise along Broad Street and future residents making complaints.
A report considered at the meeting said it was proposed to deal with this via a covenant to require that a number of occupiers close their bedroom windows from 11pm until 5am.
On the issue of noise, councillor Lee Marsham told the planning committee: “I think any Brummie of salt would know that if you’re going to live on Broad Street, it’s going to be a bit loud and noisy.
“I appreciate that people moving to the city may not be aware but I hope they do their research. But I think regenerating what was once, and still is, known as the ‘Golden Mile’ is really important.”
Mark Owen, director at developer Urban Vision, said the project was a “fantastic opportunity to deliver one of Birmingham’s most sustainable buildings”.
He said: “We want to deliver a development that will set the standard for tall buildings in Birmingham but also draw on the city’s heritage.
“As an underutilised brownfield site, this is an opportunity to support the wider regeneration of the area – driving local growth, creating a new community and creating jobs. It is important we get this right and deliver.”