News About Sainsbury’s Selly Oak and Things To Do This Half Term

eMag logo 100x75Sainsbury’s Selly Oak Development Gets Outline Planning Permission

Sainsburys siteplan third planiing applicationToday (Thursday 17 October) the Birmingham Council Planning Committee unanimously granted planning permission for Sainsbury’s proposed redevelopment of the:

Former Birmingham Battery Site, Land between Bristol Road, Harborne Lane and Aston Webb Boulevard, Selly Oak
Planning Application 2013/02178/PA

A report on revisions and explanations of Sainsbury’s planning application had been distributed to the Committee before the meeting. This is currently unavailable from the Council website, but hopefully will be soon.

The planning meeting was crowded and a queue developed in the corridor outside in the hope of obtaining entry when applications prior to this one on the agenda had been completed.

Many Councillors on the Committee spoke about the application and whilst a few did not like the look and nature of the plans all were in favour of going forward with current proposals. Some expressed the need to ensure that what had been outlined actually happened on the ground and in an acceptable timescale.

The Council must be relieved that this derelict and contaminated land in the shadow of the iconic Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be reclaimed after 40 years!

The scheme has also now been welcomed by the:

the Canal & River Trust
the Community Partnership for Selly Oak
the Lapal Canal Trust

who had previously raised strong objections.

The main concerns of the Council and the above were, the lack of plans to aid the restoration of the Lapal Canal, the high-rise student accommodation, the lack of parking in the area, and the reduction in Section 106 funds from Sainsbury’s to help fund the surrounding environment.

The Canal & River Trust have now said that they will initiate a project to rewater the Lapal Canal in Selly Oak aided by funds in the Sainsbury’s proposal.

When more details emerge, I will report on them.

See my previous posts:

27 April 2013 Sainsbury’s Redevelopment of Selly Oak Takes a Turn for the Worse
01 January 2013 Snippets of News
06 April 2012 Weekly News Friday 06 Apr 2012

Things To Do During Half Term and Beyond

Half term is next week (starting Saturday 19 October)

Stourbridge Open Weekend

Vehicle CollageOn Saturday and Sunday (19/20 October) 10am to 5pm, there is an open weekend centred on  the Bonded Warehouse Stalls Collageon the Stourbridge canal in Stourbridge town. This annual event has a record of Autumn sunny weather and has all sorts of interesting stalls, vintage cars, steam engines, crafts and canal boats galore. . There’s usually a good crowd in festive mood. There’s no admission charge and it’s easy to get to by car or train.

Discover Glass Making Along The Stourbridge Canal

Red House Glass Cone

Red House Glass Cone

You may not know it, but Stourbridge has a rich history of glass and iron making. A walk has been documented by Black Country born writer, radio presenter Graham Fisher MBE. Graham is a volunteer member of the Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Partnership and a great enthusiasts of the canals and the art of glass making. You can download a written and audio guide to the walk by Graham. Click here for more details and a gallery of what you might encounter when taking the walk. If you want something not involving too much walking you can see glassblowing being demonstrated at two places in the Stourbridge locality:

The Red House Glass Cone 

Open Monday to Sunday, and bank holidays 10.00am – 4.00pm Glassblowing Demonstrations Weekends 1.30pm to 3.30pm and daily throughout half term 12noon- 3.30pm. Free admission

The Tudor Crystal glass factory

at the New Dial Glassworks welcomes visitors to see lead crystal being hand-made. Open weekdays 9am – 5pm (glassmaking 9am – 2.30pm), Saturdays 9.30am – 4.30pm (factory shop only). Booking essential. Tel: 01384 392525

I’ve visited the Red House Glass Cone and can thoroughly recommend it – as well as the glassblowing  in the cone there is a shop and cafe.

The Bupa Great Birmingham Run

Sunday 20/10/2013 9:00 am – 6:00 pm around the city streets Start Summer Row, finish Broad Street Centenary Square. More details.

Article by Geoff Caine

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