Over the last few days there has been reports about a planned ‘Bournville Eco Village’ on the site of the woodlands on Sparrey Drive and behind houses on Oxford Street.
Although this site is not in Stirchley ward, it boarders it and backs on to houses in the ward. So, it felt appropriate to inform Stirchley residents of additional information to clear up some confusion. Most of the information from the article has come from the developers’ website bournvilleecovillage.co.uk and as yet there have been no plans submitted to the council for approval, meaning that this is still very much in the pre-planning stages.
Ian MacLeod, director of planning, transport & sustainability for Birmingham City Council, wrote that he discussed these proposals with the developer in early February. He has also clarified “The site is of local importance to nature conservation and is also subject to a Tree Protection Order. Development on the site would not be supported.”
The article from the Daily Mail quotes the councillor for Stirchley, Councillor Mary Locke, but the woodlands are in fact in the Bournbrook & Selly Park ward.
A petition to save the Bournbrook Historic Woodlands has been set up by local residents who are concerned about the ecological and environmental impact of removing trees and disruption an eco community centre would have on residents, especially with an existing community centre a few meters away.
Since the national interest in the development, Bournville Eco Village’s website has a new notice that reads, in part; “We have not yet decided on the best way to move forward, as we are waiting on various assessments focused on the ecological impact on the woods. We hope you can see that we care about the environment from the people that we have chosen to work with on this project.” They have also said they intend to hold a public meeting to discuss their ideas with local residents in a few months’ time.
Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting last week. There was a lively discussion about the draft Ward Plan and great to hear from a number of residents who attended the police tasking meeting in Cotteridge to raise concerns of Stirchley residents.
As you will notice from the minutes, there is a change to the next meeting. Usually the Forum is held on the second Monday of the month, but April has Easter Monday and May is filled with Bank Holiday Mondays due to May Day and the additional holiday for the Coronation. It has been decided to skip the April meeting but have one in May, but on a slightly different day. Therefore, the next meeting will be Monday 15th May, 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church
The next Forum meeting will be slightly different due to the number of Bank Holidays in April and May. Because of this there will a slightly later-in-the-month meeting on Monday 24th April 2023 and no meeting in May. All back to normal in June!