Planning consultation for Saint Dunstan’s RC Church

Birmingham City Council Planning and Development have opened a consultation for a planning application at St Dunstan’s RC Church on Kingsfield Road. The proposal is for:

“Reordering works to include the demolition of the original linking porch between the church and the church hall and its replacement”

The above application was accepted by the Council on 24 April 2018. The Council are inviting comments on the application until 18 May 2018.

To view the application details and to submit your comments, visit the Council’s Planning website. The application reference number is 2018/02665/PA.

Planning consultation for land use off Woodthorpe Road

Birmingham City Council Planning and Regeneration have opened a consultation on a proposal for land use at the rear of 154–174 Woodthorpe Road, Kings Heath. The proposal is for the “retention of sale and storage of vehicles, timber shed office building and two gates”.

The Council accepted the application on 17 January 2018 and are inviting comments from the public, preferably before 14 February 2018.

More details are available on the Council’s website:

Proposed changes to local bus routes

National Express West Midlands, which operates local buses, has started a consultation on possible changes to bus routes in south Birmingham. This could affect routes used by Kings Heath residents.

The rationale for the change is that journey times into the city by bus have increased dramatically over the past ten years. National Express argues that this has resulted in 4 per cent fewer passengers over the past three years.

More people opting to travel by car instead of by bus obviously adds to problems of air pollution.

In order to address these issues, National Express is considering a number of options including abolishing route 27 and arranging for it to be replaced by changes to other routes.

The proposals are outlined here. There is a link on that page to a survey relating to the proposals.

Public space protection order (PSPO) consultation opens

There has been a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in place for Kings Heath High Street and Moseley for several months. The original news item about the consultation prior to the introduction of the PSPO can be seen here.  Birmingham City Council is looking to extend this PSPO.

The original Order expires on 25 September 2017. The draft of the revised Order can be read in full here.

The text explains that the purpose is to restrict activities ‘that have had or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality’. The Locality is defined as Kings Heath High Street. The activities being targeted include:

  • Anti-social behaviour caused by groups of people or individuals in public spaces;
  • Verbal abuse;
  • Threats of or use of violence;
  • Unlicensed drinking;
  • Obstructing Pathways;
  • Begging;
  • Possession of goods, items or materials used for unauthorised graffiti;

If you want to make a comment as part of the consultation process, you can find details here. 

 

New transport proposals

A new Draft 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport across the west midlands has been put out for consultation. The plan has been prepared by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and is described as setting out ‘the schemes which will deliver a large amount of the Combined Authority’s long term transport strategy Movement for Growth’.

From Kings Heath residents’ point of view, one of the surprising aspects of the report is that Kings Heath is mentioned very few times. The proposed new railway station at Kings Heath is included (page 6) while the number 50 bus route is identified as a corridor which should be studied to ‘identify potential improvements’ (page 13).

However, the fact that Kings Heath is rarely mentioned in the document offers a possible benefit. One of the key factors appears to be that a number of transport ‘corridors’ are being proposed, none of which include the A435 (Alcester Road South and High Street, Kings Heath).

The Kings Heath Residents’ Forum (KHRF) has seized on this as evidence that the A435 should be downgraded and categorised as unsuitable for heavy through traffic. This would provide an opportunity to ban HGVs from Kings Heath unless they are making deliveries. Among the benefits of such a policy would be an improvement in traffic safety and a reduction in air pollution.

The KHRF will monitor the response of TfWM to submissions and, if necessary, make further representations.

For more information:

Main Transport for West Midlands website

Consultation draft document

Proposed transport corridors

Additional information

Birmingham air quality survey

Birmingham City Council (BCC) wants to know whether air quality is important to you. In order to find out what residents think, BCC have launched an online survey:

https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/birmingham-air-quality/

The survey is already open but will close on 3 April 2017.

The questionnaire is reasonably short – it should take less than 10 minutes to complete but it’s important that as many residents as possible complete it.