Almost 500 new bedrooms are to be built in Selly Oak as the area's status as an epicentre for student life in Birmingham grows ever more.
Plans for more than 400 bedrooms have been submitted for the massive regeneration project on the former Battery Park, near Queen Elizabeth Hospital, while a further 70 bedrooms are to be built in Bristol Road, close to the University of Birmingham.
Detailed designs for the 30-acre Battery Park site, one of the city's most stalled regeneration projects, were first unveiled last summer.
They featured various retail units, a new Sainsbury's supermarket to replace its nearby store, a petrol station and student accommodation block next to the Birmingham and Worcester Canal.
This was to be built in three sections, reaching ten, 12 and 18 storeys respectively, and containing a total of 424 rooms in shared flats and studios.
Despite vehement criticism from some councillors, the application was passed five votes to four at the city council's planning committee meeting just before Christmas, amid complaints the student accommodation would cut off the new retail park from the existing town centre.
The development team has since gone back to the drawing board to address concerns over massing, landscaping and the accommodation's entrance along the canal.
Developer Harvest, which is a joint venture between Sainsbury's and Land Securities, and city practice Glenn Howells Architects have now re-submitted the plans.
This latest incarnation will see the room count reduced by six to 418, again in a mix of studios and flats, the building's length decreased by 12 metres to enable more public realm and a public square added.
All student accommodation will be removed from level one, leaving the ground and first floors solely for communal and ancillary uses.
The second, newly submitted application is to redevelop a group of Victorian shops on the corner of Bristol Road and Harrow Road.
Applicant Gentle Properties wants to demolish the units at 504-514 Bristol Road and build a new block of up to five storeys containing two retail units, 70 studio bedrooms and 18 bike spaces.
This scheme was designed by Hinckley-based MAS Architecture, which is also behind a project to build 100 bedrooms at 778-800 Bristol Road, while opposite the application site are the former Rich Bitch music studios, which were demolished to make away for 267 bedrooms.
Developers are also eyeing the car park at the rear of The Goose pub for student flats at 561 Bristol Road.