Published: Thursday, 10th September 2015
The first steps towards releasing Birmingham city centre’s massive Wholesale Markets site for redevelopment have been taken following planning approval for a new home for the facility.
IM Properties has been granted planning permission to build a new 6.8-hectare development, including a 20,856-square metre warehouse containing 78 business units, along with sprinkler tents, a pump house and a 450-space car park at The Hub, in Witton.
The relocation of the Wholesale Markets, the largest combined wholesale food market in the UK, from its existing home on Pershore Street will clear the way for the city council to begin delivery of its £500m, 14-hectare mixed-use Smithfield Development.
The Hub is situated on Nobel Way, close to Witton train station and is well connected to the national road network with Junction 6 of the M6 and the A38 both within a 10-minute drive time. Birmingham city centre is only two and a half miles away.
In a separate move, developer Westleigh Partnerships has been refused permission to put housing next door to the new market site.
The company had wanted to use a plot off Wellhead Lane, bordered by the rail line, but the planning committee thought it would be too noisy, too cramped and the site best suited for industrial uses only.