Saturday, 25 July 2015

Community Inspiration Awards

We are pleased to announce that CP4SO's work as a Community Organisation has been recognized with a finalist's certificate as part of the Community Inspiration Awards 2015.
We were shortlisted along with 5 other groups and chosen by the judges as one of the 3 finalists.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Public Meeting

Selly Oak Pledge: 
Your chance to protect Selly Oak - info here.

The Community Partnership for Selly Oak is an independent, non-political federation of local residents groups, organisations and individuals. We work closely with elected representatives at the local and national level regardless of their political persuasion but we have no formal links with an political party and receive no financial or practical support from any such party.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chance to have a sneak peek at campus redevelopment

Selly Oak residents who want to take a closer look at some of the building work happening at the University of Birmingham will have a unique opportunity to do so, as two of the building sites on campus open their doors as part of a national construction event on 6-7 March.

The event is part of a national weekend of site openings, Open Doors Weekend, which aims to show people what goes on behind the hoardings at building sites, as well as tell them more about a career in the construction industry.

At the University, both the library and new student hub sites will be opened up, free-of-charge, to anyone who books a spot to go along and take a closer look.

The viewing platform on University Square at the new library site will be open to visitors from 10am to 3pm on both days, and staff from contractors Carillion will be on hand to answer questions about the work going on. The new University main Library will provide outstanding facilities for a new generation of students and researchers. It will also be a cultural hub for the University and the city, with an exhibition and event space and cafeteria open to all on the ground floor.

On the same days, Interserve will be opening up the C Block of Aston Webb building, which is being transformed into the new student hub, for visitors to have a guided walking tour of some areas of the block and see how work there is progressing. The tours are available at 10.30am and 2pm on Friday 6 March and 10.30am on Saturday 7 March. The new student services hub will see the interior of the entire block of the Grade II listed Aston Webb building remodelled to house a number of student-facing teams which are currently scattered across campus. 

Viewing slots at both sites must be booked in advance. More information on Open Doors Weekend and details of how to book are available online.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Council limit rented housing

On 30 November 2014 BCC brought into force an Article 4 Direction covering parts of Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston. After this date properties in the area covered cannot be converted from domestic residences (use class C3) to small houses in multiple occupancy (use class C4) without planning permission. BCC have set a threshold of 10% of properties within a 100m radius beyond which they will be inclined to reject applications for C3->C4 conversions. More information here.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Dingle - Sense

The Sense plans for the Dingle site are now being considered by the Council. Application number 2014/08098/PA. CP4SO notes that the plans include a cafe area community space a performance area and recording studio. We believe these might be available for hire by community groups.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Developments at the University of Birmingham

As you travel along the Bristol Road from Northfield towards the city centre, the skyline is certainly changing rapidly, as impressive new developments get underway. But this building boom in Selly Oak will naturally bring with it many questions and concerns for local residents. Here in this monthly blog post for CP4SO, University of Birmingham communications manager Kara Griffiths will talk about what is happening on University property, explain how the University hopes these developments will be for the good of Selly Oak and the wider city, and respond to concerns which have been brought to the University by Selly Oak residents.

The start of a new academic year always brings with it fresh promise, be it for children starting school for the first time, older pupils changing schools or beginning important exam years, and, of course, for us as a University, for a whole new intake of students move to the city. But this year, the start of the academic year feels ever more auspicious than usual, for, in just 12 months’ time, we will be welcoming the first pupils to the University of Birmingham School. This School is not just a first for the University of Birmingham, but a first for the country as a whole – the first secondary university training school in the country.

Many Selly Oak residents will already be familiar with the location of the School, on our Selly Oak campus, about a mile along the Bristol Road from the main campus. And many more of you may have been to one of our open evenings for the parents of children going into year 7 next year – or be planning to come to one of the sixth form events we are holding this autumn. But we also know there will be many more who will not have children of school age and who will want to know what we are doing to ensure that the School is a good neighbour for local people. When the planning consultation process was carried out last year, we had some really useful feedback from local people, and this was used to inform further development and refinement of the proposals ahead of the planning submission. We know that local people are concerned about parking, and have added in a pick up and drop off loop for cars that is located wholly within the School boundaries. We also added in an additional parking area on the old Johnstone House site to further address concerns about traffic. And of course, we are still listening to what local people are telling us they need from a school as a neighbour, with principal Michael Roden pledging that staff, pupils and parents will all contribute to neighbourly behaviour.

In terms of the building site, the frame has now almost reached its highest point, and external walls are starting to be erected. Inside the frame of the building, the spacious atrium is taking shape, with two wide, sweeping staircases leading into this central area already in place. Our contractors Willmott Dixon are also committed to being good neighbours, and we hope that anyone living close by the site has not been too inconvenienced.

If you then drive along the Bristol Road to the main campus, some dramatic changes are taking place there too, with the new University sports centre quickly developing on the site of the old Gun Barrels pub. The hole for the 50m swimming pool has been dug – we even let our swimming coach take a closer look despite the lack of water – and the staircases are rapidly going up. Although much of the work since the pub was demolished has been behind the hoardings we have erected, over the coming weeks, there will be much more noticeable activity happening as the building starts to come out of the ground.

The centre will be open to the local community, with anyone able to sign up to use the gym, swimming pool and courts. The swimming pool in particular, will retain community swimming provision at all times apart from when a University club is using the pool, meaning that community members will be able to swim there every single day. There will also be some time for pay as you go swimmers built into the timetable. We understand that many people have questions about pricing structures and car parking, and we are working on these – but with the opening planned for the beginning of 2016, we hope you will understand that these are items which have not yet been set in stone. As soon as we have more information, we will, of course, let you know.

These two developments are but the beginning of the story of our campus developments – with a new library, student hub and a dental school further along the Bristol Road at the old Pebble Mill site all underway. For more information on our developments, please do check our dedicated web pages at and our Twitter feed @unibham_estates