BIRMINGHAM'S City University has finally been given the go ahead for its new £150 million campus at the heart of the Eastside regeneration zone.

Only a rubber stamp from the government is needed before the former University of Central England can begin planning details of its move to the Masshouse site off New Canal Street.

The city council’s planning committee welcomed the move as a huge boost to the city centre and a sign of commitment to the new learning quarter at Eastside.

Committee chairman Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Cons, Weoley) said: “This involves the bringing together of separate campuses in one area and is a positive move for the university.

“It is also good for the city and will show the learning city aspect of Birmingham to the whole country.” Coun Osborn added he hoped the new campus would tie in with neighbouring historic listed buildings, Curzon Street Station and the Woodman Pub. “I have no doubt one of the buildings will fit in with a student campus but would like to see both brought in,” he said. The campus is set to feature the latest energy efficiency measures including large solar panels.

It will serve students from the faculty of performance, media and English, the faculty of technology, innovation and development and Birmingham institute of art and design.

It will house a concert hall and space for working with business.