Birmingham Core Strategy – How will this Affect Acocks Green? Your LAST chance to Comment

March 21st, 2011

Stop Press: comment time now extended to midnight 25th March 20011. If you have not already sent your comments in, don’t turn into a pumpkin – get your comments in PRONTO! You need to register first. This can take up to a couple of hours before approval goes through – you will be sent a ‘click on this link’ type email – and then you will need time to make your comments. Navigating around the website can be quite time consuming.

The idea behind this document is that it sets a plan for Birmingham City Council to work towards, until 2026. Birmingham people and Birmingham organisations are being asked for their opinions. The closing date is 11.59 pm tonight – slightly extended. Why bother? Are the Council really going to do what we want them to do? We retain a degree of healthy cynicism. However, as we see it, the Council will have more justification for doing something we don’t want it to do if we have not made our views known. Once policies are enshrined in the strategy, and if the Council can show there was little opposition to a policy, it will become harder to oppose its implementation in the future. On the other hand, if enough people call for a particular strategy, and always depending upon budgetary costs, this may make implementation more likely. We are, in principal, supporting the Smart Route Plan for Acocks Green, though pointing out the particular way in which Acocks Green people would like this to be adopted. (Removing the dual carriageway on the Warwick Road in Acocks Green is our first priority.)

We are also pressing, ideally, for a Conservation Area for Acocks Green. However, failing that, it would not be particularly costly to formally designate Acocks Green a ‘Mature Suburb’. We have been experiencing a very worrying number of threats to important old buildings, trees and green spaces in Acocks Green in recent years. There is also a threat of higher density housing. This appears not likely to affect ‘Mature Suburbs’ in the same way though, although other non formally designated ‘Mature Suburb’ areas are then likely to experience more high density building. Mature Suburb status could also help protect Acocks Green’s buildings green spaces and trees in the future, so it is something we are particularly calling for.

Our ‘take’ on the Core Strategy’ is in our submission here Birmingham Core Strategy – Our Comments If you live in Acocks Green, and think you might want to support these policies our document will also give guidance on the areas to go to for comment.

For comments on the main policies for Acocks Green (8) East Birmingham (E4) Please see our cutting from the site below. Note we have commented on three other areas too. (Our comments are registered and will appear on the site shortly, but the team is currently innudated.)

To begin the comments process go to here

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Mrs. Ann Clarke (ID: 512220)  

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Acocks Green is hardly mentioned in this strategy. Due to its historic links with all transportation (canal, railway and roads) and large stock of Victorian and Edwardian properties, this suburb should be included in the Mature Suburbs list immediately, followed by the introduction of a Conservation area as soon as possible. There are some much older properties such as in Arden Road which need protection. We have lost enough of these properties already.
The area has few parks/open spaces, especially on the north side of the Warwick Road, and, therefore, we do not want to lose any more mature gardens or other pockets of land to be replaced with high density new builds.
The “village” shopping centre needs to be sensitively included in the Smart Route with controlled traffic, more parking spaces and more customer-friendly surroundings to withstand the competition of the two mega supermarkets being built in Yardley and Shirley (Solihull). There has already been a consultation exercise with the City Council Transportation Department and local activist groups on possible plans to be incorporated in the Smart Route.
  • E4 : Acocks Green
  • Comment ID: csd332
  • Response Date: 16/03/11 20:00
Mr Treadwell Treadwell (ID: 504715)  

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In support of a positive approach to Acocks Green the place and its future, as one of the vibrant urban villages of Birmingham. Acocks Green has a unique character and identity, on a par with many others of our long established centres and this should be held in mind to maintain its distinctivness and sense of palace, as part of any future overall strategy.
Any developments or works should be sensitive and compimentry in design and lay out and respect the local context.
This should be supported by a designated conservation area and a mature suburb.
Any planned housing should be in the lower region per hectare, with open green spaces and community centres, both structural and open. previous government presented a White Paper, that gave a clear priority that our parks and green spaces should be encouraged and protected.
The planned ‘Smart Route’ should compliment the existing ‘spirit of place’ and promote our centre to encourage more shoppers, with more parking and controlled traffic flow.
The identity and spirit of a place is most important, for it and its people influence each other because we are all part of

each other. Its a place we all grow to know intimately, some from choice or birth and it is held in great affection.

We do not want uncontolled urban sprawl, with its associated soulless and dispassionate character. No point in building thousands of homes, if no one can afford to live in them through any lack of employment or support.
Thank you for your consideration of these points.
  • E4 : Acocks Green
  • Comment ID: csd268
  • Response Date: 14/03/11 18:17
Mr Jon Moris (ID: 508730)  

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While I support the stated aims for Acocks Green in relation to the centre there also needs to be a commitment to turn the Design Framework ( on which consultation has started) into a formal planning document eg SPG.
The high quality of many parts of Acocks Green should also be recogised through its designation as a Mature Suburb and through the declaration of one or more conservation areas within Acocks Green
  • E4 : Acocks Green
  • Comment ID: csd208
  • Response Date: 08/03/11 17:28
Miss Nabila Bano (ID: 507306)  

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I support the policy for Acocks Green subject to the following:
It should be made clearer that the work being undertaken linked to the smart route will be adopted as supplementary planning policy.
It should be recognised that the suburb of Acocks Green is high quality and has a unique character which should be protected so that it can continue to offer a diverse range of housing for its existing population. It should also be seen as a place to aspire to live in rather than one residents may wish to move through on their way to Solihull. Declaring Acocks Green as a mature suburb and parts of it being a conservation area would help in achieving this. A local housing market assessment should be undertaken to guide the future type and size of housing development required for the area.
  • E4 : Acocks Green
  • Comment ID: csd141
  • Response Date: 28/02/11 19:13
Ms Melinda Brown (ID: 505376)  

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Acocks Green
There is no reference to the ‘Design Framework’, a major piece of work, widely consulted on locally, led by Regeneration on behalf of the town centre partenership, which details plans for highway and urban realm improvements.
2.There is no locally agreed priority for ‘enchancements of gateways into the centre, particularly the Green’. Both gateways have been identified as needing improvements but the only area that has been agreed as a priority, and only via informal consultation, is the central area of the shopping centre on Warwick Road.
Section 8.38
1. The junction of Shirley/Warwick/Westley Roads is defined as ‘being known locally as the Green’. This is incorrect, some people refer to the whole shopping centre as ‘the green’ whilst others associate it with just the area around these roads. Your definition of ‘the green’ therefore leaves your point about gateway enhancements open to misinterpretation.
2. As a largely linear centre, there are two major gateways into the centre, not one.
1. E4 and 8.37 Shaftmore Lane/Spring Lane is located to the west of Acocks Green, bordering Springfield Ward, not south.
  • E4 : Acocks Green
  • Comment ID: csd117
  • Response Date: 21/02/11 14:51

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