Plans for a city centre apartment block were dubbed “utterly monstrous” by a councillor, adding to a long list of acerbic reactions from the planning committee on schemes.

Here, the Post looks back at 10 developments panned by the planners...

Tombstone proposals for fire station

Plans for a modern glass 23-storey skyscraper rising above Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station were rejected by city councillors... and compared to both a tombstone and a turd.

'Abominable' Beorma Quarter proposals

In February 2009, Andy Foster from the city’s Conservative and Heritage Panel slammed the £200 million Beorma Quarter plans as out of character, distressing and lacking in architectural merit.

“It’s abominable. It’s like a punch in the face by an architectural fist," he said.

UFO in Colmore Row

Plans to add two storeys to a historic city centre office block led to complaints that it looks like a ‘UFO’ has landed on top when they were submitted in 2011.

CGI of the University of Birmingham's new library
CGI of the University of Birmingham's new library
 

The 'Lego set' library

Councillors have criticised designs for the new University of Birmingham Library as like something from a Lego set last year.

Planning committee member Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Cons, Weoley) added: “It is completely out of character, if you had to give it a name it would be Art Lego.”

A windy tunnel

A planning committee member warned that a new city centre tower block could create a gale force wind tunnel effect and called for tests ahead of construction last year.

Church plans deemed ugly

Revised plans to redevelop a historic Birmingham church were met with vehement opposition from conservation groups last year.

The Acocks Green Focus Group spokeswoman Julia Larden said: “The proposed new building is ugly."

The seven-storey car park at Millennium Point
The seven-storey car park at Millennium Point
 

The 'ugliest building in Birmingham'

Council architects were sent back to the drawing board in 2009 after designs for a new multi-storey car park were slammed as the “ugliest building in Birmingham” by the city’s own planning committee.             

The Sainsbury's 'swindle'

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s was accused by councillors of trying to pull a “swindle” by reneging on plans to restore an historic stretch of Birmingham canal.

Selly Oak shanty town

Planning committee member Fiona Williams said part of Selly Oak would become "Britain's first favela" on the back of plans to covert family homes into large student flats.

Banners create 'grotesque scar'

It's not always the planning department who get to be critical - sometimes they are on the end of criticism.

In 2009, after proposals for a giant banner on the grade II-listed Methodist Central Hall in Corporation Street were called "an ugly and a grotesque scar" by a tenant.