Knight Frank secure planning for Birmingham PBSA

Knight Frank secures planning for a brownfield site that has remained vacant for over five years, reactivating the Bristol Road frontage.

Knight Frank - for The Galliard Apsley Partnership - has achieved planning permission from Birmingham City Council for a new PBSA scheme at Selly Oak | PBSA News
Knight Frank - for The Galliard Apsley Partnership - has achieved planning permission from Birmingham City Council for a new PBSA scheme at Selly Oak. Image credit: Corstorphine & Wright.

Property consultancy Knight Frank’s Planning team, on behalf of developer The Galliard Apsley Partnership, has announced that it has secured planning approval from Birmingham City Council for a new 836-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

The large-scale mixed-use regeneration project, which is located on the former Sainsbury’s site at 1 Chapel Lane, will deliver two blocks of PBSA comprising 472 studios and 364 cluster flats. The Selly Oak scheme will also feature 13,688 sq ft of ground floor commercial space and a 13,374 sq ft medical centre, which is set to provide significant community benefits.

Concept image of the newly approved scheme at Selly Oak | Knight Frank | The Galliard Apsley Partnership | PBSA News
Concept image of the newly approved scheme at Selly Oak. Image credit: Corstorphine & Wright.

“This is a fantastic outcome on a high-profile project that will deliver wide-ranging regeneration benefits. Knight Frank has been working on this site having been appointed in April 2023. Since then, we have worked tirelessly, alongside our client and the wider professional team to secure a planning approval, overcoming previous issues that resulted in refusal prior to our involvement.”

Robert Mitchell, Partner – Planning team, Knight Frank

Designed by award-winning architects Corstorphine & Wright, the scheme is also set to deliver residential amenities including study areas, lounges, a gym and a cinema.

Outdoor seating area | Knight Frank | The Galliard Apsley Partnership | PBSA News
Outdoor seating area. Image credit: Corstorphine & Wright.

“We are very pleased to have secured yet another planning consent in Birmingham. This scheme will create a vibrant hub on this derelict island site in Selly Oak by opening the area with the removal of obstructive retaining walls, reinstating the high street along Bristol Road, and providing health care for the community. The close collaboration between our planning and architecture advisors and Birmingham City Council officers ensured an excellent result at planning committee.”

Richard Jenkins, Head of Sustainability & Urban Development, Galliard Homes

Knight Frank’s Planning team secured planning permission for the scheme after its Land Agency team acquired the site on behalf of Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes in early 2023.

Concept image of the newly approved scheme at Selly Oak | Knight Frank | The Galliard Apsley Partnership | PBSA News
Concept image of the newly approved scheme at Selly Oak. Image credit: Corstorphine & Wright.

“Corstorphine & Wright is proud to be a part of this fantastic project, and we are thrilled to have received planning permission. After extensive public consultation and a collaborative design process, this scheme will reactivate this underutilised site, redefine the High Street and create new public spaces. It will provide much-needed student accommodation, in a sustainable location, that prioritises the wellbeing of its residents. We look forward to seeing this scheme move forward and progress. Congratulations to the whole team involved.”

James Dallow, Associate Director, Corstorphine & Wright

The development by Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes builds on its strong track record in Birmingham, having delivered over 2,000 new homes across numerous mixed-use regeneration schemes in the city over the past six years.