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”

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Hall Planning application front, but unfortunately the planning application is still live and has therefore not been withdrawn.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”

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”

Untrue rumours circulating that developers have withdrawn Great Barr Hall planning application

Local residents have recently been in touch with us via social media and our website regarding the current status of the planning application for Great Barr Hall, which was submitted back in December. Contrary to a number of rumours circulating that the application has been withdrawn, we can confirm that the application for 59 new housesContinue reading “Untrue rumours circulating that developers have withdrawn Great Barr Hall planning application”

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”

Take a look at the plans for the restoration of Great Barr Hall

Have you taken a look through the many plans submitted as part of the planning application? This is a huge task and takes a fair amount of time to trawl through each one, but its definitely worth spending the time looking at each attachment. Key things to note re: Great Barr Hall restoration proposals: Two elevationsContinue reading “Take a look at the plans for the restoration of Great Barr Hall”

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”

Great Barr Hall planning application hits residents hard

Monday 30 December 2013 An unwanted Christmas present arrived for the residents of Chapel Lane, Great Barr just before the Christmas break, when notification of a planning application for the housing development on the Great Barr Hall and parkland site, arrived through people’s doors on Christmas Eve. The application couldn’t have been submitted at a worseContinue reading “Great Barr Hall planning application hits residents hard”