Developers update their plans issued last September

Sainsburys LogoRevised plans have been issued by the Land Securities Group in partnership with Sainsbury’s, for a mixed-use development on a site in Selly Oak, Birmingham, which has been derelict for decades.

The revised development is along the lines of the original one which I posted information about last December. Local opinion on the original plan has been noted and a number of changes have been made.
Among the features in the plans are a Sainsbury’s supermarket, other smaller shops and eating places, a doctor’s surgery, two hotels and student accommodation.

Of particular inerest to canal enthusiasts is an extended and widened waterfront for the Worcester and Birmingham canal with restaurants, bars and cafes.

Selly Oak Lapal Canal through the site

Lapal Canal through the site - Photo by kind permission of Land Securities Group in partnership with Sainsbury’s

And there’s more! There is also a rerouted section of the largely dry Lapal Canal ( also called the Dudley No2 Canal) passing through the centre of the site (see artist’s impression left) to the boundary of Selly Oak park where the  Lapal Canal Trust is working towards restoring the Harborne Wharf. Their recent statement gives their view on the revised plan, which they support, and what they will be working towards providing in Selly Oak park for visiting boaters.

Who knows? we might get a badly needed marina for Birmingham as a consequence of this one day. (Perhaps this could finance some restoration?)

This is great news for the local population as the area will be regenerated with knock on effects for the Bristol Road area. But it is also great news for boaters who will be able to stop off for high grade eating and shopping when navigating the busy Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

You can read more about the plans, which have now been submitted to Birmingham City Council for planning permission. You can also view the planning application.