Northfield Manor House, the former home of George and Elizabeth Cadbury was bequeathed to the University of Birmingham and previously used as halls of residence. It has been empty since 2007 and is Grade A locally listed which offers it some protection from demolition. We have previously published several articles about the building, which created a lot of interest.
Banner Homes Midlands yesterday invited residents of Northfield to an informal public exhibition to discuss plans for the future development of Manor House. The exhibition took place in the Cadbury room of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre on Bristol Road and gave local people an opportunity to view and discuss the current proposals for a residential development around, and including, Northfield Manor House.
Unfortunately, B31 Voices was not aware of the meeting until today, although Banner Homes state that they sent out a press release to some local press and informed residents in the immediate area by letter. According to Banner Homes, around 70 people attended.
The plans include converting the original Manor House into 19 apartments. Banner Homes state that much of the surrounding parkland will be retained and the whole development will consist of 125 homes of mixed tenure, including some social housing.
Mark Booth, Regional Managing Director for Banner Homes Midlands said: “We are already in discussion with Birmingham City Council regarding the proposed plans and are holding this public meeting so we can engage with the local community and take on board their comments and feedback.”
Richard Trengrouse, of Weoley Hill Village Council, said that developers appeared to have informed a relatively small area by letter. He said they may not have realised the amount of local interest in the building and that he was in contact with them on behalf of the village council, with a view to inviting them to display the plans again at Weoley Hill Village Hall.
Plans can now be viewed on a dedicated website and comments can be made for consideration up until the 24th August. After considering consultation results, Banner Homes plan to submit a detailed application for planning permission to Birmingham City Council on September 14th.
To view the plans and leave a comment, visit www.bannerhomes.co.uk/consultation/northfield
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