Historic England refuse Great Barr Hall planning application

  It is not widely known but Historic England submitted a further response to Walsall Council on 29 November 2016, about the Great Barr Hall and parkland planning application. The letter strongly recommends that the application is refused, some of Historic England’s key statements in their letter have been highlighted below: “The amount of proposedContinue reading “Historic England refuse Great Barr Hall planning application”

Historic England degrades Great Barr Hall

The Department for Media Culture and Sport has recently publicised their agreement to Historic England’s recommendation (made some months ago) to downgrade the listed status of Great Barr Hall to Grade II. The revised listing means that the Hall loses its star bringing it to the same level as the Historic Parkland. Click here to readContinue reading “Historic England degrades Great Barr Hall”

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”

Watch the Parliamentary debate on Great Barr Hall

If you missed it, please take a look at this video of the special adjournment debate held in Parliament with the Planning Minister.  Tom Watson MP and Valerie Vaz MP raise the issue of the development of Great Barr Hall and its protected greenbelt.

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”

Beacon Action Group responds to Lapworth Architects community benefit statement

Beacon Action Group gives an initial response to Lapworth Architects recently published Community Benefit Statement for Great Barr Hall English Heritage have set out a number of ground rules that make provision in exceptional circumstances for any development within a green belt, when a historic asset needs to be restored and when no other fundingContinue reading “Beacon Action Group responds to Lapworth Architects community benefit statement”