Urgent action required as Walsall Council propose land use changes to allow housing to be built on green belt in Walsall

In the last few days we are disappointed to have discovered that without our knowledge, Walsall Council has been consulting with residents about their new Site Allocations Document (SAD). This document sets out future proposals for the use of residential, commercial, agricultural and recreational land in the borough of Walsall. Including the future of GreatContinue reading “Urgent action required as Walsall Council propose land use changes to allow housing to be built on green belt in Walsall”

Great Barr Hall Planning application still hasn’t gone away

Things might seem quiet on the Great Barr Hall Planning application front, but unfortunately the planning application is still live and has therefore not been withdrawn.   You may recall this planning application included the construction of 59 new dwellings to fund the reconstruction of an enlarged Great Barr Hall, into a 650 seated wedding andContinue reading “Great Barr Hall Planning application still hasn’t gone away”

No news is good news…for now!

Many residents are still asking about the planning notice from Walsall Council that landed through our letterboxes on 24 December 2013, informing us of an application submitted to them by Lapworth Architects on behalf of BCG Lakes, the ten new owners of Great Barr Hall. You may recall it included the construction of 59 new dwellingsContinue reading “No news is good news…for now!”

Great Barr Hall planning application update

It’s been a while since we last updated you on the progress of the Great Barr Hall planning application but rest assured during the summer break there has been plenty of work going on behind the scenes by members of Beacon Action Group. We understood that the applicants were re-submitting the application for the lakesContinue reading “Great Barr Hall planning application update”

Great Barr Hall car parking plan to surround St Margaret’s Churchyard and back onto Netherhall

Over the past few months, there have been many more additions to the planning application, but one of the more concerning additions include, the provision of 136 car parking spaces on land adjacent to St Margaret’s Churchyard and along Suttons drive where there will now also be coach parking. There will also be an additional 40Continue reading “Great Barr Hall car parking plan to surround St Margaret’s Churchyard and back onto Netherhall”

Valerie Vaz MP raises concerns on Great Barr Hall planning application in Parliament

On Monday 31 March 2014, Valerie Vaz MP, Walsall South, secured an adjournment debate on Planning and the Green Belt in Walsall South with the Planning Minister. Valerie Vaz MP, raised her concerns on the planning application for Great Barr Hall and parkland and was also supported by a speech from Tom Watson MP, WestContinue reading “Valerie Vaz MP raises concerns on Great Barr Hall planning application in Parliament”

Tune into BBC Parliamentary Channel this Monday

  Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South has arranged an adjournment debate with the Planning Minister in the House of Commons on Monday 31st March. This debate will be televised live on the BBC Parliamentary channel and opens at 2.30pm.   It is not possible to give a time but this debate follows the second reading ofContinue reading “Tune into BBC Parliamentary Channel this Monday”

Last chance to object to save our protected green belt

It’s been a while since the last post but rest assured Beacon Action Group (BAG) have not been resting on our laurels. Since the information session held at Great Barr War Memorial Hall, members of BAG have been spending time talking to lots of organisations about various elements of the application, some of which haveContinue reading “Last chance to object to save our protected green belt”

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 onContinue reading “Public information session and consultation events announced”

Bob Winkle, Chair of Beacon Action Group writes Letter to Editor of Great Barr Obsever

Bob Winkle writes a response to Peter Allen’s article that was published in the Great Barr Observer on 10th January 2014: Dear Editor, I refer to the article in the Great Barr Observer last week by Peter Allen providing more history about Great Barr Hall. We have been friends and fellow members of the GreatContinue reading “Bob Winkle, Chair of Beacon Action Group writes Letter to Editor of Great Barr Obsever”