Monday, 14 October 2019

FAMILY HOUSING IN BOURNBROOK


The Community Partnership for Selly Oak(CP4SO) and Selly Oak Area Caretaker Society, is working with Accord Housing and Planning for Real to regenerate Selly Oak and develop local family housing.
We aim to create a Selly Oak Community Development Trust organised and run by local people. The Trust will own assets like family housing and other properties and operate them for the benefit of the local area.

Along with this, it will also provide services to employ local people to regenerate and improve the area. The prime aim of the Trust is social benefit not profit - Selly Oak: A better, healthier place for those who live and work there.

We have a proposed site and now we want your ideas on what is the best way to use it.


There are 2 consultation events in Selly Oak:
Wednesday 16th October 12.00 - 3.30pm
Sense Touchbase, 750 Bristol Road B29 6NA

Thursday 17 th October 3.00 – 6.30pm
Encounter Church, Exeter Road B29 6EU 

Come along and share your ideas and vision, then co-operate to build it.

For more details ring: 0121 472 6671

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Proposed Student Housing Policy for Birmingham

CP4SO – Press Release for launch of Proposed Student Housing Policy for Birmingham

Birmingham has the largest population of students outside London, but is the only large university city that has no policy on student housing.

A co-operative of community groups (the Community Partnership for Selly Oak) has drafted a policy for Birmingham City Council to provide a basis for consideration of planning applications for student housing. Applications are often for poor quality conversions to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), are often retrospective where development has gone ahead without permission, or are for large blocks of purpose built student accommodation that is wiping high streets, particularly in Selly Oak.

The main steer of the proposal is:
·         To provide Birmingham City Council with a policy framework as a basis for approval or rejection of planning applications for student housing.
·         To ensure student accommodation is provided close to universities and not scattered on random lots, or focused on one particular district – Selly Oak.
·         To ensure purpose built student accommodation provides the cluster flat style of accommodation that students want.  
·         To avoid problems of affordability and possible future collapse in the market. Current purpose-built accommodation is at the higher end of the price range for accommodation, leading to problems of student affordability – particularly in the case of ‘studio’ flats. If the market collapses Birmingham will be left with large vacant buildings unsuitable for reuse without significant conversion costs. 

The Community Partnership for Selly Oak with local councillors have campaigned for better quality student accommodation and for its wider distribution across the city so as to avoid the blight that Selly Oak is now suffering.

Selly Oak representative Coun Karen McCarthy has spoken of her fears for the area after hearing of new student accommodation plans and considers that the Birmingham suburb faces an “horrific” future as it becomes the location of choice for developers to place accommodation for students from all five Birmingham universities. Karen feels a policy on Student housing would provide much wanted direction for all impacted by student housing, including permanent residents and students suffering from sky-high rents and poor conditions.

MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Steve McCabe has campaigned at a national level for legislation with a bill - Protection of Family Homes Bill. The Bill called for tougher enforcement action against rogue landlords and developers but ran out of parliamentary time. Commenting on CP4SO’s proposals, Steve McCabe MP said:

“In Selly Oak we have seen a proliferation of purpose built student flats as well as huge numbers of family homes turned into houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) often with unauthorised extensions tacked on to maximise rental profits. We need a sensible student housing policy to tackle these issues and I hope the City Council will work with local residents, CP4SO, myself and local councillors to achieve this.” 

Ends.

The proposed policy can be downloaded here

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Lapal Canal Trust

The Lapal Canal Trust are running a survey about the reinstatement of the canal. You can take part in that survey here.