Longbridge developers St Modwen have submitted a new planning proposal for a vacant space in the town centre.
Located opposite Austin Park and next to Smyths Toys, it is proposed that the distinctive temporary structure will provide a space for community and leisure activities, as well as being used as a food and market hall.
Of timber construction with openable clear louvred doors, the roofed structure will provide indoor space for activities, stalls, displays and more, with indoor and outdoor seating areas and toilet facilities.
‘Innovative community space’
With the potential to become a permanent feature, developers suggest that the structure: “will provide a flexible high quality and innovative community space which reflects the town centre’s aspirations to ‘create a real sense of place with a strong identity and distinctive character’.”
Developers say that the building aims to capture the imagination of locals and visitors, with a focus on community.
Aiming to encourage town centre users to ‘dwell’ in Longbridge, anticipated uses include community events and functions, food and drink events, markets (such as farmers, crafts and seasonal markets) and displays.
Mixture of cultures and experiences
The proposal is a change in approach for St Modwen, recognising the need for a strong identity and community focus, with a mixture of cultures and experiences – including provision for innovative smaller, independent businesses.
Have Your Say
To view the full planning application and submit your views to city planners, visit Birmingham City Council’s online planning pages before Thursday 6th February 2020. Planning application number 2019/10577/PA