Monday, 8 September 2014

Council listen on Local Roads

Following consultations on the downgrading of the Bristol Rd though Bournbook the Council have undertaken to bring forward plans to complete the final stage of the Selly Oak New Road (SONR) in more or less its original form. They have also agreed not to reduce the speed limit on this section of the Bristol Rd until the SONR is complete.

In a separate measure they are also proposing speed bumps on Lodge Hill Rd, double yellow lines at the Junction of Lodge Hill Rd and Wellman Croft and additional bollard-islands on Gibbins Rd. Measures to improve safety on these roads are broadly welcomed and further consultation with residents is under way.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Selly Oak Draft Supplementary Planning Document


Now is our opportunity to comment on the Draft Supplementary Planning Document that will set the guidance for planning decisions for the next few years in Selly Oak - possibly between 10-20 years. 

It is the replacement for the Local Action Plan.

This is a link to the SPD itself for you to read on-line.

A copy is also available to read at Selly Oak Library. 
Comments can be submitted on-line at a link found on this page (scroll down for the actual link)

Please take the time to read the document and provide your comments to the council. 

Things to consider are: 

  • Boundary of the area covered by the document.
  • Sites for development in the area that are not included. (Only once the builders move onto a site to action approved plans is a site no longer considered available)
  • groups not mentioned who have a role in Selly Oak e.g. Landlords 
  • There are sections on HMOs (private lets); public realm features, traffic management.
How it is delivered is an opportunity for the community as a whole to work together creating a set of local priorities and this is something CP4SO will be looking to do over the coming months. 

Consultation on the SPD ends on 17th October 2014.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Public Meeting 6th Aug - Scout Hut

There will be a public meeting to discuss the draft Selly Oak Development Plan. 7pm Scout Hut Gibbins Rd. Following the drop in session from 5-6pm.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Planning Chaos in Selly Oak

While we are glad that the planning committee today rejected an application to turn 101 Hubert Rd into a 10 bedroom HMO we are perplexed that permission was given for its neighbour number 99. This decision underlines the state of chaos with regard to planning rules in Selly Oak. It almost seems wrong to blame landlords for failing to apply for appropriate permission when the guidance from council officers suggests a free for all and the committee itself can't seem to make up its mind. Nonetheless we are grateful to the Committee for rejecting 101 which has already been physically converted for at least 10 bedrooms but will now be restricted to just 6 unrelated occupants. Landlords and their student tenants should be aware that large rented properties need planning permission and that this cannot be taken for granted.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Press release: Council planning officers support Trojan Horse developments

Press release:

Community Partnership for Selly Oak

14th June 2014

“Council planning officers support Trojan Horse developments”

The case of two linked planning applications in Selly Oak highlights a new threat to the Ward and City. In supporting these retrospective applications to retain two properties as large Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO - large rented properties) planning officers have stated that since the houses were already large HMOs the applications should be approved.

The purpose of a retrospective planning application is to allow the council to adjudicate on a property which has been developed without proper permission. As all such properties will have been altered prior to the application being made, the current state of a property cannot be used as reason to support the retention of the property in that state. If the planning committee agree with the officers and approve these two applications the move could have implication for planning rules across the City. Others may put up extensions and buildings without consent and then apply to keep them using these cases as a precedent.

The officers also say that because the street in question has lots of smaller six bedroom rented properties these applications, for ten bedrooms each, should be approved. How so when the street is subject to planning restraint against increased rented accommodation? Yet the officers would create a new precedent for even larger rented properties that will spread across the Ward and into neighbouring areas such as Selly Park, Stirchley and Harborne.

In Selly Oak we will have a queue of landlords all too eager to exploit these opportunities. We currently see cases each year where owners complete extensions as if the householder or with no permission at all, only to let the property to as many as ten people without obtaining consent. Owners of these “Trojan Horse” properties will be delighted if the City’s planning officers are seen to endorse this dubious practice – unless the planning committee does the right thing and rejects the applications now before it.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Draft Selly Oak Planning Document

The Draft Selly Oak Supplementary Planning Document which will replace the Selly Oak Local Action Plan. Consultation is under-way on this document which will make recommendations for the Sainbury’s Triangle, Bournbrook Recreation Ground and other sites in the Ward. It also contains a section on restraint with regard to houses in Multiple occupancy. You can see the proposals online at and can comment at There are consultation drop ins as follows:

-          Selly Wick Play Group, Raddlebarn Rd, Tue 15th July, 2-3:30
-          Bournbrook Varsity Medical Centre, Alton Rd, Thurs 24th July 9-11
-          Selly Oak Library, Bristol Rd, Sat 2 Aug, 11-1
-          Scout Hut, Gibbins Rd, Wed 6th Aug 5-8pm.

We hope to combine the session in the 6th with a public meeting to discuss the plan but will update on this later this month.

The formal consultation period end 17th Aug.

Remediation work starts on Battery Site

Below is an excerpt from a recent communication from Sainsbury's regarding the Battery Site:

"P.J Carey (Contractors), part of The Carey Group Ltd, has now been appointed as the site contractor and will deliver this first stage of works to transform Selly Oak.

Works will include the remediation and clean-up of land ready for future development, and the diversion of some gas and electricity services.

General hours of work will be 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays, with no work taking place on Sundays or Bank Holidays unless otherwise confirmed in advance.

We are committed to keeping the local community fully informed throughout the process.

For your information see the latest press release here

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our community affairs team on Sainsbury’s Freephone 0800 975 5299, or visit"

Please do not hesitate to contact Sainsbury's if you have any concerns about the remediation of the site.