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  • Seb Kouyoumjian

Redevelopment of Neglected Working Men’s Club Approved

Tyler Parkes has secured planning permission for 12 new flats on the site of a dilapidated working men’s club in Birmingham. The site, on Whitmore Road near Small Heath, is currently occupied by a converted two-storey Victorian house and modern extensions to its rear.

The scheme reconverts the street-facing house into four flats, and the rest of the flats sit within a new contemporary extension and another separate block at the back of the site. The contemporary appearance allowed the roof line to sit below that of the main street, which made it more acceptable to Birmingham’s planning department.

Our client had originally bought the site with permission for seven flats, but by carefully redesigning the redevelopment, we added five more. Our revised design also improved the appearance of the buildings, and layout of communal garden spaces for future residents.

Aside from the added flats, we also successfully argued it was appropriate to provide fewer parking spaces than Birmingham’s standard. We pointed to the fact that ample cycle parking was allowed for, and the frequency and availability of public transport. This allowed us to create more valuable living space in an area under-supplied with housing.


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