As promised I would put up the different parties stance on Great Barr Hall, this is UKIP’s response. Like with the Labour one I post this with no further comment.
The current application that was accepted for consideration by Walsall MBC just 2 days before Christmas is subject to much discussion both in the streets and online.
Here is an excerpt from The Beacon Action Groups website:
On 23rd December 2013, a planning application was submitted to Walsall Council by BCG Lakes and Lapworth Architects. This application includes restoration works to Great Barr Hall and the construction of 57 dwellings, which will be built across the protected greenbelt and registered historic parkland that surrounds the hall and lakes, (with 38 of which proposed along Chapel Lane/Suttons Drive boundaries).
You can read more on the issue at the Beacon Action Group website.
It is UKIP policy to divert housing construction from green belt land to brown field land, UKIP are opposed to the loss of our green belt.
Therefore UKIP Walsall are completely opposed to this development being given the green light.
It is also UKIP policy to have local referendums on something as controversial as this.
Therefore UKIP Walsall ask Walsall MBC to arrange a referendum for the people of not only Walsall, but Sandwell too before any decision is made. This development with have a detrimental effect on Sandwell residents over and above anyone else, so they must be allowed their say. Under current legislation they are unable to have a say or make a difference as their elected council members have no say over the decision to grant or refuse the permission for this application. This is wrong, when the only exit from this development will be in to Sandwell and specifically Chapel Lane.
Our official UKIP branch stance is based on the following, however, this is not an exhaustive list:
- Chapel Lane is most certainly unable to cope with traffic now, how will it cope with an extra 57 houses, a hotel and a 500 seat conference centre?
- Residents in Chapel Lane have spoken stating that it takes 15 minutes to get of their drive in a morning.
- Great Barr Park is registered park land and should never be built on.
- Great Barr Hall should be renovated in a way that reflects it past, it should not be over embellished.
- The Chapel should be preserved as it too is part of Great Barr Hall.
- Great Barr Park should be open to residents, this development will be gated and the only access allowed will be to residents and paying hotel guests.
- The development does not meet recommendations by English Heritage for developments of this nature.
UKIP are currently the only local political party to oppose this development.