Looking for planning permission on the Calthorpe Estates?

If you’re fortunate enough to live in the best part of Birmingham on the Calthorpe Estates and need planning permission, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Lapworth Architects has got planning permission for nearly 200 projects on the Calthorpe Estates, so we’re confident we can get you the consents you need to add an extension, rebuild your home or even develop your land. 

With thirty years of experience in conservation areas and listed building projects, we’re the local experts to help you with your project. 

What are the Calthorpe Estates?

The Calthorpe Estates cover a large, 1,600-acre area of Birmingham, centred on the suburb of Edgbaston. In the 18th century, as the city grew in importance, the landowner Baron Calthorpe wanted to maintain an attractively low density suburb close to the growing town. 

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Simpsons Restaurant

Since then, Estate has been carefully managed to ensure a high standard of architecture and appropriate town planning and development to preserve the attractive nature of the area. These efforts have made Edgbaston one of the best areas of the country to live and work in. 

What do the Calthorpe Estates do?

Thanks to the work of Calthorpe Estates, Edgbaston is known as being a verdant, low-density suburb close to the centre of Birmingham with cohesive and attractive architecture. In the post-war years there was a movement to increase the density of the residential areas close to the city centre to absorb the growing population. 

However, as the freeholder for a large part of the suburb, Calthorpe Estates were reluctant to alter the character of the area, and so created a few strategic sites of high rise residential projects along with further housing developments to infill bomb sites, to meet the demand. Meeting this demand is done with careful design and a concentration of projects such as Edgbaston Village and the redevelopment of Pebble Mill. 

Highfield Road

Much like in any other urban conservation area, building or developing on Calthorpe Estates land is certainly possible (and we have worked on dozens of projects in the area – take a look at our project map) but does require architects experienced in top-quality design and the Estate’s stringent development guidelines, as all building works require Calthorpe Estates’ written consent under the Residents’ Scheme of Management, in addition to full planning permission. 

How can I get planning permission on the Calthorpe Estates?

Here’s where our experience and knowledge comes in – as experts in restoration and heritage projects, Lapworth Architects have frequently worked with Calthorpe Estates on projects on Highfield Road, George Road and Hagley Road, as well as on the refurbishment of Simpsons restaurant, and on several conversion projects in the area. 

We have also designed several new build houses in Edgbaston on Farquhar Road, following the strict specifications on improving the character and appearance of the area to create handsome family homes that get the planning permission needed to build on Calthorpe Estates.

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George Road
Norfolk Road

How can I build or extend on the Calthorpe Estates?

Given the special nature of the area, Calthorpe Estates are keen for any redevelopment work to preserve and improve the architectural quality of the affected property and while they are not averse to change, they do expect a competent architect experienced in working with the Estates to be involved.

In addition, Calthorpe Estates recommend contacting their agents, Mainstay, as well as Birmingham City Council Planning Department to discuss development proposals informally before making a formal application, as this usually saves time, effort and cost by highlighting specific or material matters. 

Our experience has shown that involving an architect at an early stage is an effective and instructive early step that helps shape the project and avoids conflict and rejection by either Birmingham City Council or Calthorpe Estates.

If you are looking to get planning permission to extend your home or create a new build project on the Calthorpe Estates, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us to book a free consultation or to discuss your project informally. Together, Lapworth and Calthorpe are ensuring the economic vitality of Edgbaston and the surrounding areas by preserving and futureproofing its unique architecture, urban design and character

Why Lapworth Architects?


Our 20+ years of work mean great design and good relationships with planning departments across the region to give our projects the best chance of getting planning permission and starting building.


Our breadth of local knowledge makes us an efficient and sustainable choice of architect, and we have a vested interest in improving our own  built environment right here in the West Midlands. 


At whatever stage you’re at with your project, if you’re looking for honest, quality advice from real professionals, chat to us, leave us a message or call us on the number at the top of the page. Let’s talk!