Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has approved Eutopia Homes’ £130m mixed-use scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham.

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The scheme has seven blocks ranging from three to 26 storeys in height, along with walkways, 16,000 sq ft of commercial space and public spaces.

The scheme will see 480 homes delivered, 180 apartments of which will be in the tallest tower, and 12 of which will be four-bedroom townhouses. Some 5% of the homes delivered will be affordable, with a 50% reduction in the market rent on the remainder of the properties.

Chief executive at Eutopia Homes, Scott Hammond, said: “We are pleased the secretary of state has agreed with the planning inspector and Birmingham City Council planning officers – who recommended the application for approval in December 2019 – that permission should be granted.”

However, Hammond lambasted planning officials for delaying the scheme. “It is a shame that members of the planning committee forced a lengthy delay to important job creation and housing delivery, as well as expenditure of public funds at appeal,” he said.

“Unfortunately planning committee members often make decisions without relevant training and against clear planning policy, with limited accountability for their decisions.”