Acting on behalf of ESRG Developments, DPP Planning have secured permission for more than 360 new apartments to be built on a pair of derelict sites in Digbeth, Birmingham including one ravaged by fire two years ago.
DPP promoted two applications on neighbouring sites for re-development by ESRG, reflecting the aspirations of Birmingham Council’s ‘Big City Plan’, which aims to regenerate the area south of the city centre. Architects Whittam Cox developed the two schemes which reflect the industrial heritage of the area, whilst addressing the challenges of irregular shaped sites and overlooking neighbouring properties.
DPP Chief Executive Officer, Gareth Hooper said:
“These two applications have really tested the Council’s commitment to regenerating the area. The transition Digbeth is currently going through means that we had to work hard to demonstrate that a residential use was appropriate in a formerly industrial area. Overcoming the challenges of high density living, accessibility and viability meant that these consents pave the way for the further regeneration of the area.”
DPP are also progressing an application for a further 135 residential units in Digbeth and in pre-application discussions for another 150.