Green light for Digbeth 1,300 homes scheme

Build to rent developer Dandara Living has got the planning thumbs up to build over 1,300 new homes and 30,000 sq ft of commercial space at Warner’s Fields in Digbeth.

Work can now begin to regenerate the brownfield site, which is located within a mile of rail, tram, bus and coach connections.

The development will deliver a new neighbourhood centred around a renaturalised River Rea, which runs through the middle of the site, but is not currently accessible to the public.

Dandara will invest in landscaping the river, creating new public spaces along its banks and laying the foundations for a mixed-use destination a short walk from the city centre.

This first phase of the development will spearhead the delivery of the Council’s Rea Valley Urban Quarter regeneration with successive phases delivering further homes, workspaces, commercial space and new active travel routes.

Rachel Allwood, planning director at Dandara Living, said: “The Warner’s Fields redevelopment will deliver much-needed new homes to meet Birmingham’s housing need and drive the ecological and environmental transformation of this part of the city by renaturalising the River Rea and delivering significant net biodiversity gain.”

Phase 1 will see the excavation and landscaping of the River Rea for the first time in decades, alongside over 1,300 new homes and 2,700m2 of commercial space.

New Rea Valley Urban Quarter regeneration plan

This initial investment will catalyse the construction of successive phases, including further mixed-use developments and bring much needed regeneration into the area.


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