Public information session and consultation events announced

Beacon Action Group can today announce a series of public consultation events and an information session for concerned residents, in relation to the planning application for the restoration of Great Barr Hall and proposed development of 59 houses on protected green belt land.

Beacon Action Group are hosting an information session for local residents on Saturday 1st February, from 10:30am-12:30pm at Great Barr War Memorial Hall on Chapel Lane and Tom Watson MP will be giving an opening address. The idea of this event is to interpret the impact of the proposed plans on the Sandwell and Walsall residents, adjacent to Chapel Lane and the surrounding areas and offer support and advice to residents who may wish to object to any elements of the plans

Beacon Action Group has also been working closely with Walsall Councillor Adrian Andrew who will be holding a public consultation event at the Collingwood Centre on Monday 10th February, from 2pm-8pm, with the planners and architects present. Chapel Lane residents are extremely grateful to Cllr Andrew who has also agreed to hold a further public consultation event at the Great Barr War Memorial Hall in Chapel Lane.

These events will enable both Walsall and Sandwell residents, living close to the proposed development, to have the opportunity to see the plans in full, have a dialogue with the architects and be able to have their say through official Walsall Council consultation channels. The consultation event at the Memorial Hall will take place on Thursday 6th February from 2pm -8pm.

If you value this important open area it is vital that you attend. Beacon Action Group urges you to take this  opportunity to find out more about the proposed development and stress the importance of attending both of the meetings, to see the plans in full and hear about the concerns and the impact on the green belt and open space.

Important meeting dates

  • Beacon Action Group Information Session – Saturday 1st February 2014 -10:30am 12:30pm at Great Barr War Memorial Hall, Chapel Lane, Great Barr, B43 7BD.

The idea of this event is to interpret the impact of the proposed plans on the Sandwell and Walsall residents, adjacent to Chapel Lane and the surrounding areas and offer support and advice to residents who may wish to object to any elements of the plans.

  • Public Consultation event – Thursday 6th February – 2pm- 8pm at Great Barr War Memorial Hall, Chapel Lane, Great Barr, B43 7BD.

This is an opportunity for local residents to see the plans in full, ask any question of Walsall Planning Department, or the architects and give formal feedback on the proposals.

  • Public Consultation Event – Monday 10th February – 2pm-8pm at Collingwood Centre, Collingwood Drive, Great Barr, Pheasey Birmingham, B43 7NE

This is an opportunity for local residents to see the plans in full, ask any question of Walsall Planning Department, or the architects and give formal feedback on the proposals.

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Beacon Action Group was formed in 1983 by local residents to resist insensitive development of the Great Barr Hall Estate.
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18 Responses to Public information session and consultation events announced

  1. Adam Short says:

    you also stated that bag have different views on what would be acceptable. however to date I don’t seem tobhave come across any examples of what your members consider to be acceptable. clearly you have had these discussions internally so perhaps you could enlighten us all as to what bag do agree on in terms of development numbers and locations?

    I am not yet sure if I am for or against this development. I therefore plan to attend the consultation events.

    I would suggest others do also and make up minds about objecting or supporting aftrt that??

  2. Adam Short says:

    Sorry what what I wanted to get out of yesterday was straight answers to:

    1. Is BAG like UKIP against all development on Green Belt?
    2. if the answer is no and like me will support a proper development on green belt then can they confirm whether they would ever support housing along Chapel Lane?

    If you are unable to provide the views of BAG could you please confirm the view of your chairman who I understood has been meeting with the architects over the last few years?

    As local residents it is only fair you are straight with us. Do we really want to be opposing this if after 30 years we still have no collective idea of what is acceptable to us?

  3. Paul White says:

    BAG supporter – your name is confusing me know as you seem anything but a supporter with your last 2 posts.

    The letter is to help people write a letter that will have foundation and facts that a planning committee will have to take note of. You have to remember that most people do not have the experience “thankfully” of writing this sort of letter. BAG simply gave people the content that is most relevant and important, a helping hand towards the letters they want to write.

    With regards to you being “disappointed that no attempt was made to explain the development” makes me wonder if you were actually there and if you were, why were you there, as you clearly never looked at each exhibition and asked questions! I learned an awful lot more than i already knew when i was there and i have to say it was not good what i did learn there!

    • Adam Short says:

      Paul
      I think the reality is not everyone who went yesterday went with closed mind. You and Steve both support UKIP and will NEVER support and housing on greenelt and I have no isssue with this because you have made your position clear.
      What I wanted to get out of yesterday was straight answera:

      1. Is BAG like UKIP against all development on Green Belt?
      2. if the answer is no and like me will support a proper development onbgreen beltthen can they confirm whether they would ever support housing along Chapel Lane?

      I think ad this site is run by BAG they answer without ANY political slant from any patry or organisation. Me and my wife attended yesterday and sadly received no straight answer in relation to these points…

      BAG please respond to these 2 questions asap!Reply

      • This is not about what BAG think, as the group is made up of local residents who have varying views of what they would/would not accept with regard to this development. However, it is fair to say that we are not happy with the development that has been proposed. It’s for you as local residents to make up your own mind about what you think.

        The idea of yesterday’s session was for local people to come along and look at the plans, ask questions and find out how to object. We have never billed it as anything else.

        The purpose of providing residents with information on what they could object to was so that they could do so using real planning grounds for objection. Residents were provided with a blank letter with the councils address on and another sheet with the objections on, it’s up to each individual person, to write what they decide they do not agree with in their own their letter.

      • In addition, we have advertised in the press and on our website the other consultation event to which the architects and the Walsall planning department will be in attendance. If you want to hear the other view then it would be advisable to attend either of these meetings and talk to the architects and the planners, which are advertised on the home page of our website.

      • Paul White says:

        Adam, I did not go with a closed mind at all. I am an open minded individual and as any other member of UKIP we are expected to have our own views by the party anyway. We are a democratic party after all.

        As an open minded person i came away from the meeting in the knowledge that this proposed development is even worse than i first thought.

        I will of course attend both of the other meetings/exhibitions with an open mind too, however, with the further facts that i gained yesterday i doubt very much that they will sway my views.

  4. Bag supporter says:

    As I said earlier is it fair to give people a pre formatted letter to copy and pick an objection out of the list and insert. I was extremely disappointed that no attempt was made to explain the development so the people in attendance could make a considered decision. So I would disagree it wasn’t very professional at all.

  5. Steve Grey says:

    Bag; There were many more residents at the information session than you claim. I thought that the meeting was very well attended and there were indeed individuals in the hall from Pheasey/Park Farm, Nether Hall Park and the wider local conurbation, but the largest numbers of people to my view were from Chapel Lane, Coronation Road, The Grove and Merrions Close.
    I make the comments that i do because i have been fighting all development in Great Barr Park since circa 1985; before i first became involved in local politics and joined the Labour Party and some 8 years before UKIP were founded in 1993; the party i then joined in 2001 and who are committed to stopping ALL building in the Green Belt throughout the United Kingdom.

  6. Bag supporter says:

    Steve I was there at the meeting today, and I can see why you make the comments you do. After all it isn’t everyday that you are fed a host of reasons to object without an opposing view. This whole event was stage managed to whip the audience into a frenzy and no attempt was made to give a balanced view. Instead we were given a crib sheet on how to object and a list of reasons to pick of the objections. This is what I call a pre formatted letter of objection to hand to walsall planning… This meeting wasn’t very well attended(40/50) and not all were local residents. If this is the majority then BAG might aswell give up now….
    Even Tom Watson admitted to my colleague that he expects the application to go through..!!!

  7. Steve Grey says:

    Well done to the Beacon Action Group for staging a professionally organised and very well attended information session this morning. An excellent turnout from residents concered about the BCG Lakes/Lapworth application from right across the wider Great Barr area, all intent on listening carefully to, reading about and taking away with them the very detailed information relating to the planning proposal compiled and printed up by the BAG.
    Many local residents are very concerned with regard to a new roadway the applicants want to put in the Park, which people feel could lead to further development proposals in the future; and i’ve no doubt that the large numbers of residents signing a petition objecting to the application had that particular item of concern (amongst all of the many others!!!!!!) at the forefront of their thoughts when they put pen to paper.
    It was also very encouraging to see a number of boards placed in peoples front gardens of houses in Chapel Lane showing opposition to the BCG Lakes/Lapworth application.

  8. BAG supporter says:

    I am a local resident who has been following this debate for the last few months, and who suffers from the current traffic problems. I agree with BAG the traffic on chapel lane is terrible, and based on my limited knowledge is truthfully caused by the bottleneck for the motorway junction. I think our anger should not be aimed at the owners of great barr hall , but instead we should lobby our members of parliament and the council to do the job we pay them for , and get the motorway junction improved for all our residents. In fact Tom Watson claims he has been working with BAG for years, then surely BAG and he should have had this junction improvement included in the motorway works we have suffered over the last couple of years. If he had done his job properly then we wouldn’t be having this debate now.
    With regards to the development I believe it is a very we’ll worked proposal , however I haven’t decided yet if I am going to support it or object to it. I suppose what I am sure of is I don’t enjoy seeing the land as it is looking extremely tired. For me I would really like to see BAG not only object to the proposal but tell me what they would propose instead of the current plans. I say this because if BAG are just saying NO for the sake of saying NO , then I think I would rather support the development than have nothing at all. So please BAG I intend to turn up to the meeting but let’s be constructive and come up with some answers to put forward to the owners and not just help these publicity seeking politicians get themselves in the paper with quick sound bites at our expense.

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  10. Local says:

    I think this should be posted as a heading as ALL other letters have. And not deleted as my last request.

  11. Booths Lane resident says:

    Ok, so pretty much everyone is allowed to attend all 3. Thanks

  12. Booths Lane resident says:

    Will councillors, mps and architects be at all 3 meets?
    Are all 3 meets available for all to attend? Will it be prepared speeches or q&a?

    • As described above the two public consultation events will be attended by Walsall Council Planning Dept and the architects. They will both be available to talk to about the plans. I’m not sure if any Cllrs or MP’s are planning to attend. But the council will be collecting official comments to feed back on the plans.

      The idea of our information session is to interpret the impact of the proposed plans on the Sandwell and Walsall residents, adjacent to Chapel Lane and the surrounding areas and offer support and advice to residents who may wish to object to any elements of the plan. There will be an opening address from Tom Watson MP and a member of Beacon Action Group will also speak, there will be no Q&A’s and no further speeches. Local residents can then talk to other Beacon Action Group members around the room about the various concerns they have.

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