Developers hoping to build 950 homes on the site of a former Northfield golf course have lodged an appeal with the government, in an attempt to have Birmingham City Council’s decision to reject their plans overturned.

The renewed application for 950 homes was refused in August 2017 after city Planning Officer Ben Plenty had again recommended that the committee refuse the application for two key reasons:

  1. The site was ruled out for housing development in January this year when the government’s chief planning officer accepted the Birmingham Development Plan.
  2. Concerns remain about ecology & landscaping.

Since the refusal, there have been a number of issues at the site, including an arson attack on the former club house and travellers accessing the land.

Last month, Birmingham City Council approved an application to demolish the former club house.

Now, Bloor Homes have registered their appeal with the Planning Inspectorate and an Inspector appointed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will determine the appeal.

Comments previously made to Birmingham City Council planners will be forwarded to the Inspector.

Any further comments must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 13th March 2018:

  • If you wish to make additional comments on your thoughts on the application, you can do so on the Planning Inspectorate website application reference: APP/P4605/W/18/3192918 (Enter 3192918 in search box)
  • If you do not wish to submit online, written representations (in triplicate) can be sent to: Tim Salter (Case Officer), The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3o Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or email by at
  • To view the planning application visit the Birmingham City Council planning website Application number search 2017/02724/PA

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  1. No build your houses some where eles building is taking to much of our green already all u see now is new builds every where pubs been knocked down for new builds build a school for our kids of future its a big site for better things then housing

  2. Too much housing being built and sold at stupid prices we need affordable houses for our kids to get on property ladder not built on green belt land

  3. Stuff giving people lifts on to the inflated property ladder,people need homes for an reasonable and affordable rent., We do need to build on green belt land though as that’s where the majority of room is ( but make it green land on the outskirts of the city, not the few green spaces within it,which should be retained and if anything, be increased as the city boundary extends outwards.


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