Plans for Hockley apartment building in industrial estate recommended for approval

Proposals for a new apartment block in a Hockley industrial estate have been recommended for approval after concerns over noise and odour were addressed. The plans would see existing buildings make way for a six-storey apartment building comprising 83 apartments if approved by the city council next week.

The development in Icknield Street would be built on land that forms part of a site consisting of vacant factory buildings and is within a small industrial estate located to the west of Hockley Flyover. To the south, the site is bordered by industrial units in addition to other such units fronting Icknield Street to the west.

According to a recently-published report, the council’s Regulatory Services initially raised concerns over “potential adverse noise and odour impacts” on future residents from nearby existing commercial uses. However, the report continues that the applicant has provided “satisfactory information” to demonstrate that future residents would not suffer from “unacceptable noise-nuisance as well as any cooking odour” from the industrial units.

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It continued that a small minority of apartments would need to be designed with sealed or partially sealed windows to ensure a “satisfactory residential environment". “Therefore, it is not anticipated that the future occupiers would complain about the noise and odour which can be generated from the nearby industrial/commercial uses,” the report added.

It also said that the sealed units would have mechanical ventilation and cooling systems to help 'maintain thermal comfort' when the windows are closed during the warmer periods. A condition requiring the submission of an “overheating assessment” has also been imposed.

Among the benefits the development would provide are much-needed homes; the enhancement of the area and “significant biodiversity gain” from a communal garden. “The proposed development would see the delivery of a high-quality residential development in a sustainable location on brownfield land,” the report concluded.

“The proposed residential units would make a meaningful contribution towards Birmingham’s housing shortfall and contribute towards the regeneration aspirations for this part of the city centre edge". The proposals were recommended for approval, subject to a legal agreement, and are set to be considered by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee on June 13.

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