An amended masterplan for a housing development on the site of a former golf course in Northfield is now available to view online, with a final chance to put your views to developers. 

The controversial plans from Bloor Homes to develop the site are currently being considered by central government planning inspectors, after being refused by Birmingham City Council planning committee last year.

The committee refused the original application – originally for 950 homes – in August 2017 for two key reasons:

  1. The site was looked at and was ruled out for housing development in January 2017, when the government’s chief planning officer accepted the Birmingham Development Plan.
  2. Concerns remain about ecology, trees & landscaping. The refusal report stated that the development failed to: “properly provide a suitable balance between development areas and open space, and fail to properly consider connectivity, context (especially in regard to density) and internal layout”

Amendments

Bloor’s new masterplan addresses some of the concerns raised in the second reason for refusal, chiefly:

  • Reduction in the area of developed land – from 60% of the entire site in the original plan, down to 55.3% in the revised plan
  • Reduction in dwellings from 950 to 800
  • Density of development reduced from 49 dwellings per hectare to 45
  • The width of the wildlife corridor on the eastern side of the site has been increased by up to 6 times.
  • Frontage set back from Frankley Beeches Road, with mature and new vegetation to front onto the road itself.

Principle accepted

Following the amendments and considering responses from a design expert, an ecologist and an arborist, in his report to planning committee, BCC Planning Officer Ben Plenty advised that the Local Planning Authority will no longer defend against the development on the grounds of concerns regarding ecology, trees & landscaping.

City still opposes development

His report made it clear, though, that the city will still oppose the overall principle due to development being ruled out in the Birmingham Development Plan, saying: “However, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Local Planning Authority will continue to defend reason 1 (the principle of development) at the forthcoming Inquiry.”

Planning committee endorsed Mr Plenty’s report on Thursday 5th July.

Northfield MP Richard Burden (Labour) said: “Along with Councillor Olly Armstrong, I will be speaking to the Council to discuss their response and any implications of the latest turn of events may have for the Public Inquiry which the Planning Inspector will hold in October. As always, we are keen to hear from residents and we are looking to convene a community forum to discuss the issue.”

Consultation

The Planning Inspectorate are no longer taking public comments but Bloor Homes’ property consultants have to around 900 residents and previous commenters, asking for further comments which will be forwarded to both the council and the Planning Inspectorate.

A spokesperson for Bloor Homes confirmed that an updated masterplan has been submitted as part of the planning appeal process, reducing the number of dwellings to 800 and significantly increasing the amount of public open space within the development.

The spokesperson said: “Whilst the revised masterplan has been considered by Birmingham City Planning Committee, Bloor Homes have already launched a three week public consultation period, writing to local residents and other parties who have previously commented on the application, however further comments can be posted by any interested party via the sites website.”

Interested parties can now view the plan online and are asked to submit any comments to: Olivia.Morris@harrislamb.com by 23rd July 2018.

Inquiry

The Planning Inspectorate’s Inquiry into Bloor Homes’ appeal will be held in Birmingham in October and is expected to last for around 10 days.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. A bloody joke the roads can’t take anymore traffic around longbridge and Northfield. The council can’t pick up the bins properly now so what chance will they have with another 800 houses. The doctors schools will be bursting to fit people in. The way it’s going the kids soon won’t know what grass is let’s hope they don’t build anymore houses around here

  2. Another bad idea, Northfield can’t cope with the traffic now, 800 houses means 1600 cars as each house has two, the surrounding areas would be gridlocked, it’s bad enough now, more pressure on schools, doctors surgery, definitely a no from me

  3. I think the only thing that should be built is more affordable housing for students and people of a low income… It’s ridiculous how many of us are still living at home so making more houses is pointless as not many of us will be able to afford to live in them

  4. All the council care about is additional revenue from up to 800 new homes = £1.2m based on an average tax band D of £1500. Everything else is secondary.

    No doubt a few “brown envelopes” might end up in certain council offices too – nothing to do with money of course,

  5. […] You can view the amended Masterplan here and local residents can submit any comments to Olivia.Morris@harrislamb.com. Bloor have said that they will send any responses they receive to the City Council and Planning Inspector to be considered as part of the Public Inquiry. Local residents should also be aware that Birmingham City Council are continuing to maintain their opposition to the development of the site. It is has been clear from my discussions with residents that whatever happens from now on, any decision needs to truly involve the views of local residents. You can read more about Bloor’s revised Masterplan on B31 Voices here. […]

  6. […] You can view the amended Masterplan here and local residents can submit any comments to Olivia.Morris@harrislamb.com. Bloor have said that they will send any responses they receive to the City Council and Planning Inspector to be considered as part of the Public Inquiry. Local residents should also be aware that Birmingham City Council are continuing to maintain their opposition to the development of the site. It is has been clear from my discussions with residents that whatever happens from now on, any decision needs to truly involve the views of local residents. You can read more about Bloor’s revised Masterplan on B31 Voices here. […]

  7. Stop there is not enough room for more houses and the roads cannot cope with the traffic as it is. Stupid it would cause mayhem.
    As usual the development will not have enough parking spaces and it will look ugly and crowded within a few months, with cars everywhere, Just like the ones built further down.
    What about the wildlife, Yes lets just destroy the land as it really does not matter, after all money is first priority.
    Stupid.

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