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New £40m Birmingham Conservatoire plans set for approval

Planning officers say brick design, previously compared to an Oxo cube, is 'high standard'

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Government told about extremists in Birmingham schools four years ago, Labour claims

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the Commons that ministers had put city pupils at risk

Swanshurst Park where the fish died

Hundreds of fish die at Swanshurt Park as sluice gate is left open

Local householders and fishermen joined RSPCA to mount major rescue operation over several days to save as many fish as possible at Swanshurst Park

Joe Schuppler pictured at The Custard Factory

Independent Birmingham's campaign to boost Brummie businesses

Joe Schuppler tells Mary Griffin how a city-wide loyalty card is giving the city's independent shops, restaurants and bars a boost

Sylvia Chandler

Former Zen owner Sylvia Chandler dies aged 64

Sylvia Chandler was described as a free spirit who advocated drinking her own urine for health reasons

Launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport was a popular story in September

Review of 2014 - September: Freelander replacement, Newman Brothers nears completion and 'monstrous' house extension

Land Rover unveiled its replacement for the much-loved Freelander in September while readers were left open mouthed at an astonishing house extension in Moseley which left two properties sharing a gutter

Moor Street Station

Review of 2014 - June: Custard Factory owner on Digbeth, facelift for city tunnel and Hidden Spaces photos on display

Nostalgia lovers across the city flocked to the Hidden Spaces exhibition in June while American pop star Kelis marked the latest chapter in the revamp of Selfridges in the Bullring

Veena Bhambra at the i-lite showroom on Soho Hill

Lighting store i-lite opens offering £100,000 chandelier

Giant lighting store i-lite has opened its doors in Soho Hill, Handsworth, offering the premium chandelier for customers with very deep pockets

Moor Green Primary School

Lifeline for Moor Green Primary School after sponsor collapse

Parents at Moor Green Primary School, in Moseley, Birmingham, were angered when the academy was placed into special measures in November

Sabai Torquil and Juree Chidwick, of Sabai Sabai restaurants.

Sabai Sabai restaurant group marks 10 years in business

Sabai Sabai hosted a double celebration marking both the 10th birthday of the restaurant group and Thailand's Loy Krathong festival.

Planners liken new Birmingham Conservatoire to a cheese-grater and Oxo cube

Despite some criticism of the design the council’s planning committee gave their full backing to the £40 million relocation of the music school to Eastside

MP Steve McCabe who has branded an award for the city council a 'complete joke'

City's planning award branded 'complete joke' by Steve McCabe

Birmingham City Council wins Smarter Planning Champion award for swift and efficient handling of applications

Elizabeth Road in Moseley.

Detached home in a Moseley cul-de-sac that is fit for a queen

An impressive property on Elizabeth Road in Moseley which marks a significant period in history, reports Alison Jones

Bishop Latimer Memorial Church in Winson Green

Hunt is on to recruit second Birmingham conservation officer

Move welcomed by Victoria Society after report said more buildings in Birmingham had been added to 'at risk' register by English Heritage

Moseley is one of several areas in Birmingham to get 20mph speed limits

First areas of Birmingham to have 20mph limits announced

Work on the limits in Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Balsall Heath will begin next spring at a cost of nearly £400,000

Keith Marsden landlord of the Prince of Wales, Moselely.

Birmingham pub has a hit with US barbecue

Keith Marsden, owner of popular Moseley pub The Prince of Wales, has taken part in the BBQ Boot Camp, which is set to be screened on America TV, to hone his skills for his new venture, The Dark Horse

The Virgin Galactic hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port in California

Virgin Galactic crash fails to dissuade space-bound Trevor Beattie

The entrepreneur, who was born in the city, took to social media site Twitter to pledge his support for the project

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Birmingham heritage fears with one official overseeing historic gems

The Victorian Society says unless urgent action is taken, the city faces a repeat of the 60s and 70s, when many architectural gems were bulldozed

John Bowen, a builder born in the mid-nineteenth century, who started out as a farm labourer and ended-up creating some of Birmingham's best-known buildings, including the iconic Victoria Law Courts.

Birmingham builder honoured with blue plaque

The man responsible for some of Birmingham's finest buildings has been honoured with a blue plaque. Chris Upton reports

Marks & Spencer

Moseley gets new Marks & Spencer - before new medical centre

Plans for a store and medical centre were approved in 2011 on condition that the store could not open before the centre but that has been scrapped

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