The Grade 1 listed Curzon Street entrance will be retained

The Grade 1 listed Curzon Street entrance will be retained

John Murray Brown reports in the Financial Times that today, Sir Albert Bore, leader of the council, will unveil the masterplan for the redevelopment of a 141-acre site in Eastside centred on the HS2 terminal – ‘Birmingham Curzon’.

No cost has been given for the development. Can the city afford this?

366,000 sq metres of office space, almost 100,000 sq m of retail outlets,  hotels, community and leisure venues, and residential units are planned.

The track will follow the existing West Coast main line through east Birmingham, cutting off several industrial estates.

Councillor John Clancy, a member of the council’s planning committee, says, “HS2 has cast a blight on industrial development in the city. We already have a crisis of a shortage of good-quality industrial land”.

As a result of the projected shortage of industrial land, the city council’s development plan includes proposals for rezoning the city’s greenbelt land.

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