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

View all other B31 Voices posts on the fate of Northfield Manor

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  1. I think this is probabley the best outcome that we could have wished for. However it’s now going to be about how sympathetically they treat the building based on it’s lack of listing. What we don’t want is the dreaded facadism (building a moden looking building aroung the ‘face’ of an old building. Never, however, do we want something that tries too much to be ‘olde’, with an emphasis on the ‘e’. Lets hope they have appointed a decent architect.

  2. As a former student here in 1976/77 it would be a pity if this site was not used. We are constantly told we need more housing in cities yet we can afford to leave this building empty for 9 years? Someone is not doing there job , recession or not! For me it could be turned into a hotel conference centre or a group of flats. Either way it needs to be used.

    • As a student you should learn how to spell! their not there.
      Too many historic buildings have been destroyed for flats to make property speculators rich.
      Anyway you must be happy now.

    • It is a pity that the house was not preservedr as a museum. I know that would have cost money but this house was of real historic significance to the area.
      Why on earth someone saw fit to burn it I will never understand. (I seem to remember the same fate befalling another local Cadbury house – The Davids)
      I was clinging to the tenuous hope that the structure could be saved, but on learning of the planned redevelopment by Banner Homes that hope, however fanciful it may have seemed, has evaporated. I find it hard to believe that a developer would see any mileage in a restoration attempt of any kind.
      Very sad news


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