Revised Edgbaston Reservoir Masterplan Draft Supplementary Planning Document

Closed 15 Apr 2022

Opened 4 Mar 2022


Birmingham City Council would like your views on the Revised Edgbaston Reservoir Masterplan Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which is available to download below.

Watch Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, introduce the consutlation here

The reservoir is an important open space for the city. It provides significant value in terms of ecology, biodiversity and heritage, and is a destination for water-based sport and recreation. Part of the land within the masterplan boundary is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

In 2017, the Birmingham Development Plan (BDP) was adopted by the city council as part of the city’s statutory planning framework, guiding decisions on development and regeneration activity. This plan identified Greater Icknield as an area for growth, and highlighted Icknield Port Loop and the Tower Ballroom Site as major opportunities. It allocated them to provide a mix of innovative family housing, commercial, and community uses. The masterplan will provide further guidance on the BDP allocations, proving a clear vision for their delivery.

The purpose of this masterplan is to provide a shared vision for the reservoir, and ensure future development adds value to the area. 

In summary the revised draft SPD includes:

  • A Vision for the sustainable future of Edgbaston Reservoir, including a number of Opportunities that will deliver the vision;
  • Development Principles to provide planning guidance and advice to developers on matters covering Connectivity, Activity, Character and Sustainability; and
  • Delivery and management requirements to support a comprehensive, partnership-based approach.

The Revised Masterplan and supporting documents can be viewed using the links below:

Further supporting documents are available to download below under the 'Related' section at the bottom of this page.

You can watch a 10 minute video that provides an overview of the masterplan and explains the changes made since the previous consultation. Click on the link:

Why your views matter

In 2019, the council prepared a draft SPD for Edgbaston Reservoir and undertook public consultation between May and July. 

In January 2020, the council established a Community Partnership Forum to engage with representatives from the local community and existing water users on the masterplan redraft. The masterplan has now been revised to take into consideration the responses to the formal consultation and the ongoing engagement with the forum and existing water clubs.

A Consultation Statement has been published that sets out the engagement undertaken for the previous draft masterplan and how this has shaped the revised document.  This can be view under the Related Document below.

Since the previous consultation, there has been several significant changes to the proposals within the draft masterplan. Therefore, a second round of focussed public consultation is now being undertaken.  

How to have your say

An online survey has been set up for people and organisations to provide their comments on the revised draft SPD – click on the 'Online survey'  link below. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like.

Comments can also be provided by email to:  

Or posted to the following addresses:

North West Planning and Development Team, Birmingham City Council PO Box 28, Birmingham, B1 1TU.

You can also attend a drop-in event on Tuesday 15th March 3-7pm at Ladywood Health and Community Centre, 204 - 206 St. Vincent Street West, B16 8RP. Officers will be present to answer questions and consultation materials will be available to view.

After the consultation period closes, all comments will be collected and taken into consideration. The draft SPD will be amended where necessary, and then be adopted by the City Council. A consultation statement will also be produced. This will outline who was consulted, the main issues that arose, and how those issues have been addressed in the final SPD.

The SPD needs to be adopted by the City Council in a timely manner to it can be used to guide future planning applications and investment decisions on the site. To ensure this happens, the preparation of the SPD is anticipated to progress as follows:

Public consultation on revised Draft SPD – 4th March to 15th April;

Review comments and prepare final SPD – April to June 2022;

Adoption of final SPD by Cabinet – late summer 2022.  

The draft document can also be viewed at the Library of BirminghamSpring Hill LibraryLadywood Health and Community Centre, the Red Shed at Selwyn Playing Field and at 10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL .

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available to view below. 


What happens next

In line with the council’s Statement of Community Involvement, all representations made during this formal consultation period will be taken into consideration when the final masterplan is produced. As part of this process, a Consultation Summary will clearly set out how the representations received have informed the final masterplan. If changes have not been made to reflect the points made in a representation received, the Consultation Summary will explain why this is the case. The revised draft masterplan will be amended where necessary, and the council will then seek authority for the masterplan to be adopted by Cabinet.




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