Posted on February 22, 2009. Filed under: Housing News |

Warwickshire CCC have submitted an outline planning application to Birmingham City Council to develop Edgbaston Cricket Ground. This application will be considered by the Planning Committee and a decision made in due course…

If there is significant local interest or objection the size of the development will mean the application (If approved by the Council) will be “called in” and a full planning enquiry will be held and the Secretary of State will then make a final decision.

We are not against the development of the Cricket Ground and it’s facilities, Birmingham needs excellent sporting facilities and needs the investment into the City a major sporting venue will bring. However part of the proposal is to borrow £20 Million of taxpayers money from Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Council have a massive borrowing rate themselves, we reported alongside the Birmingham Post last week that the Council are set to hit £3 Billion of borrowing.  If they have a spare £20 Million they can build more Council Homes!

The proposals will include the demolition of many large homes along the Pershore Road, and will see 250 Flats and Houses build  Will any of these be for Social Rent ? The density of that many homes is a serious concern, we support more homes but at what cost to the people who live there if the place is crammed full!

Local Residents do not want the Ground floodlit for night matches, no additional parking facilities are planned yet there will be (Its planned) a hotel, 4000 more spectators, and offices where will they all park? Warwickshire CCC and Birmingham City Council must listen to local people before approving this scheme.

We have to agree with and support the 3 Local Councillors James Hutchings, Deirdre Alden and Fergus Robinson, Conservative Edgbaston, who have raised these any other valid concerns.

Email your views or concerns to us so we can notify the planning department of local residents views. In the meantime we have contacted Warwickshire CCC with a view to occupying their void properties with an agreement to move when or if they are demolished. We are currently squatting the houses with 6 homeless people and expect this number to increase as we make more rooms available for sleeping.

Updates will appear as we know them.


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Does that mean that Cllrs. Alden, Hutchings, and Robinson are now supporters of JNC?

No certainly not it means we support the Councillors stance on the cricket Ground no Councillors of the 3 named has contacted us or indicated their support of our campaign. The 3 Edgbaston Cllrs are known to us and have recently published their newsletter from which we obtained our information they are hard working dedicated Councillors who are looking after the interests of their constituents. We are not party political but will applaud Councillors who do their job from any party. We have previously supported Cllr Lines on his attack of Central Government for the theft of £57million from the Housing Revenue account and we feel sure that Cllr Lines doesn’t support us.

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