Giant 29 storey tower block set for green light as part of 1,000 home development

Giant 29 storey tower block set for green light as part of 1,000 home development

Two giant tower blocks have been earmarked for approval as part of a major 1,000 home development on the edge of Birmingham city centre.

The redevelopment of the former Monaco House site in Bristol Street is one of the largest single housing developments planned for the city.

And planning officers have recommended councillors approve it when they meet on Thursday, August 16.

As well as the two towers, the £275 million scheme includes 11 blocks ranging between five and ten storeys. Some shops and cafes will be included at ground floor level.

The planning committee was given an early look at the plans in January and while gushing in their praise of the design and development itself called for some affordable housing and investment in community facilities.



The proposed New Monaco development on Bristol Street

Although many of those committee members have been replaced following the May election. One of the former members Martin Straker-Welds (Lab, Moseley and Kings Heath) said at the time: “Its big, bold and fab.”

Developer Orchidtame Ltd and owner MCR Property Group has now promised to set aside 92 flats at a discounted affordable private rent rate – slightly less than ten per cent of the total – as well as carry out work to the highway.

A report to the planning committee states: “”The proposal would provide a well-designed development and result in a high quality brownfield development on a prominent and sustainable city centre location delivering a significant number of new homes.

“It would provide 92 on-site ‘affordable private rent’ units, provide significant on and off-site highway works and have wider regeneration benefits.



CGI of plans to redevelop Monaco House in Birmingham to build around 1,000 new homes
CGI of plans to redevelop Monaco House in Birmingham to build around 1,000 new homes

“It would not have an adverse impact on the adjacent highway and can be accommodated without having an adverse impact on its surroundings.”

The proposed development is near to a major 800 home scheme on the St Luke’s site at the junction with Belgrave Middleway. Many of those properties will be town houses suitable for families.

The derelict six-storey Monaco House office block was demolished last year . The site had been previously owned by Tesco and for many years earmarked for a major store.

Tesco had spent a decade locked in a ‘store wars’ legal battle with Asda, which had plans for it’s own store across the dual-carriageway.

But after winning the right to build Tesco dropped the scheme and sold Monaco House as it moved ts business focus away from large superstore development.

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