Plans to knock down a music studio once used by Black Sabbath and ELO and replace it with student accommodation have been brought forward again after the original version was withdrawn because it was too large.
Aston Spring Developments has lodged dramatically reduced proposals for the land at 495-505 Bristol Road, in Selly Oak, after its previous project was recommended for refusal by the city council.
The previous application, submitted last autumn, was seeking permission to demolish five houses and the Rich Bitch Studios and build 347 bedrooms in a mix of studios and shared apartments in a complex reaching up to ten storeys.
But officers at Birmingham City Council recommended it be refused and the application was withdrawn two days before it was due to be debated at a planning committee meeting last month.
The resubmitted application comprises 267 bedrooms, again in a mix of self-contained studios and shared apartments, but this time reaching up to eight storeys.
There would also be parking for 36 bikes, a cinema room and laundry.
The halls, which would front onto both Bristol Road and the new A38 Selly Oak bypass opposite the University of Birmingham, have been designed by Jewellery Quarter-based architecture firm Glancy Nicholls with consultancy from the Birmingham office of Alliance Planning.
The previous project was recommended for refusal on four grounds.
It was considered over-development of the site and out of character with its surroundings; the council was unable to make a proper flood risk assessment; it did not provide sufficient separation to neighbouring halls; the position and scale of the project would prejudice future development potential on adjoining sites.
This is the latest in a long line of plans to build student accommodation in Selly Oak and across Birmingham city centre.
Other projects include 100 bedrooms at 778-800 Bristol Road, a demolition and new build of 435 bedrooms in Bath Row close to Five Ways Island and the construction of a ten-storey tower containing 323 studio apartments close the Wholesale Markets.