Plans to redevelop site of historic jewellery maker to go before planning chiefs

A new development which would secure the future of one of Birmingham’s oldest remaining jewellery manufacturers is due to be considered by city planning chiefs.

The plans to redevelop the outdated premises of Charles Green & Son, the sixth-generation family business which has been part of the Jewellery Quarter for nearly 200 years, would allow it to remain on site in Tenby Street, safeguarding 30 jobs.

The proposals would deliver a new modern manufacturing facility for the jewellery maker and provide additional commercial space for other businesses as well as 37 apartments including affordable housing and homes for key workers.

The scheme has been drawn up by Charles Green & Son and its development partner Rainier Developments.

The application is due to go before Birmingham City Council’s planning committee on September 24 and is recommended for approval.

Tom Green, chairman at Charles Green & Son, said: “The redevelopment of our current premises allows us to remain in the Jewellery Quarter. Without it, we would be forced to look for suitable space elsewhere in Birmingham or perhaps even outside the city.

“We’ve worked closely with the City Council, our neighbours and other stakeholders to design a scheme which works for everyone. Having the support of our colleagues across the Jewellery Quarter means a lot and demonstrates how valued Charles Green & Son is to the area.”

Seven local businesses, including Birmingham Assay Office, Fellows, Cooksongold, Merrell Casting and TH March, have urged the scheme to be approved in a letter to Birmingham City Council.

Doug Henry, chief executive of the Birmingham Assay Office, said: “The primary reason the Birmingham Assay Office decided to remain in the Jewellery Quarter, and invest considerable sums creating a purpose-built facility, with the support of Birmingham City Council, was to continue to provide the essential services needed to support the growth of the Jewellery Quarter.

“Charles Green & Son is one of the oldest remaining businesses and a critical part of the Jewellery Quarter’s heritage.”

Grant Stevenson, planning director at Rainier Developments, said: “In addition to allowing Charles Green & Son to remain on the site that they have occupied for the last 50 years in modern and purpose-built premises, the scheme would deliver wider benefits.

“The proposals would provide 37 new apartments with 20% of those available for key workers to purchase at a discount to market value, a further five per cent would be provided as traditional affordable housing available to all those who are eligible, as well as new commercial space to create further employment opportunities.”

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