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Hall Planning application front, but unfortunately the planning application is still live and has therefore not been withdrawn.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

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Untrue rumours circulating that developers have withdrawn Great Barr Hall planning application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 Contrary to a number of rumours circulating that the application has been withdrawn, we can confirm that the application for 59 new housesContinue reading “Untrue rumours circulating that developers have withdrawn Great Barr Hall planning application”

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.

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”

Tom Watson MP writes column in Great Barr Observer on proposed enabling development and restoration of Great Barr Hall

Printed on Friday 17th January 2014 in Great Barr Observer The proposed plans for the restoration of Great Barr Hall, together with the development of 57 new luxury executive homes, has rightly led to a great deal of community concern being expressed in recent weeks in Great Barr. Although the site is located just outsideContinue reading “Tom Watson MP writes column in Great Barr Observer on proposed enabling development and 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”