Planning application for Fordhouse Lane

The council has received a planning application for the vacant land adjacent to 17 Fordhouse Lane.

The owners would like to change the use from vacant plot to car sales business accommodating 22 cars and erection of single storey office building. Above is a screenshot from google maps, although the area has been levelled with tarmac over and has a series of cars parked on it over recent months.

If you have any comments on the application, in support or opposition, please make them known to Birmingham City Council on their planning application website using the application number 2023/00492/PA. Comments need to be in before the 3rd August.

October meeting minutes available

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The minutes from October’s meeting are available here. These cover the now-open Aldi, the triangle site opposite (that will be maintained by Aldi), as well as discussions around houses of multiple occupation (HMOs), police and planning updates.

Please note the November meeting was an Annual General Meeting and these minutes are ratified at the next AGM in 2023.

The next Stirchley Forum meeting takes place on Monday 12th December, 7.30pm at the Stirchley Community Church on Hazelwell Street.

Developments on the triangle

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Photo of building work taken by Michael Jones

After many years of being boarded up, those visiting the high street this week have noticed some rumblings on the triangle of land on island Hazelwell Road, between the the British Oak and Printgo and backs onto Stirchley Community Church.

The land is due to be turned into much needed public realm. It includes curves benches and interconnecting paths that will make it easier to cross from one side of the high street to the other. Where the paths cross there is a due to be concrete block paving in buff (a light brownish yellow, ochreous colour) and red colours. This is part of the Aldi development on Hazelwell Lane, which is progressing at some pace

Paving generally: Charcon Europa 200 x 100 x 60mm concrete block paving, laid 45° herringbone pattern on 50mm sharp sand base. Block colour: Charcoal.
Inner circle: 1300mm diameter Charcon Europa 200 x 100 x 60mm concrete block paving, laid radially on 50mm sharp sand base. Block colour: Buff.
Outer circle: 2500mm diameter Charcon Europa 200 x 100 x 60mm concrete block paving, laid radially on 50mm sharp sand base. Block colour: Red.
Seating units: 4 no. Marshalls ‘Rendezvous City’ curved bench units, with cast iron ends and stainless steel seat section. Units to be bolted to block paving.

Plans submitted to birmingham city council

Below are the a screenshot of the proposed site plan submitted to Birmingham City Council as part of Aldi’s planning application.

July Forum meeting

The meeting will take place on Monday 11th July at 7.30pm. You can attend in person at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley or online using Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting for July’s Stirchley Forum, click here.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting June 2022 (minutes available here
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Police Update
  6. Planning issues
  7. Networking
  8. Any other business
    There will be no August meeting, so next Stirchley Forum meeting will be on Monday 12th September 2022.

Councillor Mary Locke has sent her apologies for not being present at the meeting. She has requested if there are any questions, please email her, or the Forum (who will pass on the message).

Pineapple train station ground investigation work

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Work on the new Pineapple Road station will be starting ground investigation works from 2 July
for up to 11 weeks.

The ground investigations (for example, borehole drilling) will be carried by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick. They will inform the next stage of the station design and ensure Pineapple Rd station can be built safely.

The majority of the work will take place during standard working hours: Monday to Friday, 07.30am to 5.30pm. But to ensure the safety of workers some work will need to take place on weekends and at night-time when the railway line is closed.

Out of hours work is due to take place on the following weekends from 9pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday:

  • Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 July
  • Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 July
  • Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 July
  • Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 July

Work has been planned carefully to reduce disruptions. Measures will be in place by West Midlands Rail Exec (WMRE) to monitor and reduce any noise. Task lighting will be directed away from neighbouring areas.

To access certain survey areas safely they will need to remove some vegetation. WMRE are working closely with an ecologist throughout the process and will only be removing vegetation if absolutely necessary.

For more information, visit