When you run a blog and are very interested in local events you notice that planning disputes are often the number one cause of disputes.
Whether it is between neighbours, over a phone mast or the large issues over the future of NetherHall, residents will always be highly animated by these issues. Every week I check Walsall planning ONLINE for their weekly list and the only items recently have been plans for extensions and normal tree felling.
I have been asked this week if I know the progress of two issues and these are
– GREAT BARR HALL – We had the consultations a while back and heard nothing since. I have checked Lapworth Architects and nothing is listed on there now for Gt Barr Hall apart from the old historic links from 2012. From what I understand we are still awaiting the plans to be lodged but this seems to be taking a while now. I am concerned that the project has stalled has it has been 6 months since we heard anything.
– OLD BEACON ROAD GARAGE – If you remember this eyesore was due to be a dentists but that obviously fell through after some prep work. Surely this is a perfect location to put some flats on which would make the whole area more amenable ? Obviously the land is in private hands which means they can just sit on it until they want to develop or sell it. This is maybe one area where councils should have the ability to ‘force’ developments if current land owners wish to do nothing.
I will mail Valerie Vaz MP and Councillors Andrew, Bird and Towe a note of this post and see if they have had any feedback or news.
EDIT Sat 1st June
Both Adrian Andrew and Valerie Vaz have come back and said no further news has been received on either issues. I am not surprised on this. I just suspect the commercial aspect of both sites is prohibiting development at the moment.