51-storey tower gets backing of planning chiefs – for the second time

One Eastside

Plans for a 51-storey residential skyscraper near Birmingham’s proposed HS2 station have been tipped for approval again – some four months after the scheme was put on hold due to objections by heritage campaigners from the Victorian Society.

Court Collaboation’s One Eastside scheme would include 667 apartments across two buildings, with residential gardens and courtyard spaces, as well as a gym, cinema and sky lounge.

In December, the company learned that it had to submit fresh plans for the development after Birmingham City Council confirmed that an objection from the Victorian Society was omitted from a Planning Committee report.

However, the city council’s planning chiefs have again given the thumbs up for the developmentm despite continued objections from the Victorian Society, which says it would have a detrimental impact on historical buildings in the area, including the Victorian Law Courts, Curzon Street Station and the Methodist Central Hall.

Speaking in December, Anthony McCourt, CEO of the specialist residential developer, said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard to make One Eastside a truly remarkable development for our fantastic city, so we were disappointed to see our approved application taken to Judicial Review.

“Whilst this is frustrating, we remain confident that the development will go ahead and our second robust application will allow for just that. We will continue to work with key stakeholders with a view to securing an implementable planning permission.

“Birmingham’s progress cannot be held back by those with their own agenda and One Eastside is a part of its future. We won’t allow others to drag our city backwards. Court resides and lives in this city, and its success is at the very heart of what we do.”