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New Selly Oak plans guarantee place for Lapal canal link

A redesign was unveiled on 17th March of the massive Sainsbury’s-centred retail development that had threatened to block the Lapal Canal restoration at its junction with the Worcester & Birmingham canal at Selly Oak.  

The new plans include a commitment to recreate the first furlong of the old Lapal Canal through the 32-acre development, along with an extended waterfront area around the junction, a footbridge over the canal, and a properly constructed winding hole. 

This new Lapal Link section should stretch for around 330 yards, crossing Harborne Lane and taking the canal through to Selly Oak Park, where restoration can continue later. 

The development will include “a new vibrant ‘waterfront square” designed to attract visitors to a variety of bars, cafés and restaurants and two new hotels by the canal. 

The unveiled artist’s impressions convey the look of a smaller version of Birmingham’s Brindleyplace.  

The plans have now been submitted to Birmingham City Council. Should planning approval be granted, work could start on cleaning up the currently derelict site as early as next year, with construction commencing in 2014. 

Monday 19 March  | Andrew Denny  | 5.03pm, Monday 19 March 2012

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