Birmingham is set to get its first permanent ice-rink in five years following Birmingham City Council’s approval today.

The ice rink has got the go ahead to open in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter.

The ice rink will be joined by 231 apartments, shops, bars and restaurants as part of a £25m scheme being developed by Dunbar Developments in the Digbeth area.

Dunbar Developments is part of the Cobra Group, which owns and runs ice rinks elsewhere in the UK, will start work later this year.

Birmingham’s former ice rink - Planet Ice on Pershore Street - was destroyed by a blaze in 2003 and has not been replaced.

Louise Brooke-Smith, director of planning consultancy CSJ Brooke-Smith who advised on the scheme, said: ‘Although Birmingham has had temporary Christmas ice rinks for the past couple of years, it’s not the same thing. This is an important addition to the city’s leisure offering.’