Planning for the Future

JQ 2002-141For those who follow the Birmingham Post you will no doubt have noticed that developers are now looking to ‘exploit the opportunities for new office development in the Jewellery Quarter’.

Another developer is boasting of a ‘mixed use scheme’ in the original premises of Thomas Walker in St Paul’s Square where they plan to retain the original facades of the Victorian premises to a depth of one room, backed by a new building of four to five storeys’ – (Subject to planning approval of course!)

This shift from ‘residential’ to ‘commercial’ is mainly the result of the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Management Plan in which the JQA have been one of the prime movers over the past four years.

There are rumours of Tesco’s looking at three different sites to open a new store in the Jewellery Quarter but none of these have been officially confirmed.

The final three bids to develop the ‘Science Museum’ site is due to go before the City Cabinet Members at the end of the month – then of course will start the painstaking task of agreeing on design etc to satisfy all interested parties.

The Albion Street development is now well underway and for a time we have our own ‘ground zero’ site. The facade of ‘my house’ is well shored up with scaffold and hopefully will survive! Unfortunately we have now lost the off-street parking. Some of these flats will be affordable housing – so if you want to live in the Quarter – get your names down!

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