Birmingham City Council are currently giving sympathetic consideration to our proposal for a Conservation Area. They have implied that some part of Acocks Green probably will be given Conservation Area status and have thanked us for drawing their attention to the quality of building in Acocks Green. They need to consult with various bodies before they proceed further.
Meantime, a number of people have recently asked us what is happening about this set fine mid-Victorian properties in Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green. For many years they were owned by local builder’s merchants, E. H. Smith’s. 1-7 are to be demolished and replaced by fourteen houses. Planning permission was granted on 2 October 2008. The Planning Application Number is C/02972/08/FUL. If we had a Conservation already things might have been different. However one of the conditions of the Planning Approval is the retention and rebuilding of the frontages of these buildings. Also the Statement supplied by the architects reads: ‘The front elevations of No’s 1-7 will require careful numbering and careful dismantling for re-errection with the new superstructure behind.’ This looks to be starting very soon. A fence has already appeared in front of some of the buildings. If you have good reason to believe that conditions are not behing adhered to we have told that it would be best to contact the Council Planning Department. (303 1115).