Selly Oak Centre

UPDATE
These plans were rejected by BCC but the applicant has since appealed.

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Plans have been submitted to turn the former Selly Oak Institute (Centre) into a student residence with 16 bedrooms sharing multiple bathrooms and living space. (Change of use from class D1 to Student residence Sui Generis). This will neither be configured as private cluster flats nor as a linear hall of residence with en-suite facilities. Some of the bathrooms are off public spaces such as the main reception hall. We do not believe that this design will be attractive to students. The space will be shared with management offices but the size of the residences do not warrant a large management suite so we suspect there may be an intention to use this for professional services such as a letting agency. As this would be use class A2 - not as described in the planning application.

The Selly Oak Centre is one of few remaining landmark listed buildings in the ward and we do not think this use is appropriate for this building and certainly not with the proposed design.

The planning application number is 2013/07221/PA and comments are requested by 31st October at the planning website or by post.

The Selly Oak Institute was gifted to the ward by the Cadbury family for educational use but with apparently no protective covenant. It is a Grade II listed building. 

4 comments:

  1. What & why that all plans for Selly Oak are all about living accommodation for students! How about Selly Oak being turned around into a nice area to live & shop, as it used to be. With entertainment for us resedents, not all curry houses & fast food take aways. Students only bring down the area where the live, thy don't think about keeping the area clean & tidy.

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  2. What a waste of a lovely old building which is iconic to selly oak, surely another use can be thought of for it. Everything is been altered into student accommodation and directed towards them but we live here too and would love to have a bigger variety of shops etc rather than just student flats, letting agencies and takeaways. I completely disagree with this proposal and hope it doesn't go ahead.

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  3. I lived in Teignmouth Road Selly Oak up until June 2001 when I escaped to Lincolnshire having been made redundant by the University of Birmingham. I hated what was happening to Selly Oak then and, sadly, it doesn't sound as if it has got any better. I didn't know this site existing until today. I cannot believe that the Selly Oak Institute is possibly destined to be turned into yet more student accommodation. What an absolute travesty. How can this happen to a Grade 11 listed building? Yet another example of the failure to have the appropriate covenants in place. Mind you, even with those there still loopholes that can be gone through. Dreadful. As the other posts have said - Selly Oak is NOT only about students. I 100% disagree with the proposal and I hope common sense and decency prevails.

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  4. I lived in Teignmouth Road Selly Oak up until June 2001 when I escaped to Lincolnshire having been made redundant by the University of Birmingham. I hated what was happening to Selly Oak then and, sadly, it doesn't sound as if it has got any better. I didn't know this site existing until today. I cannot believe that the Selly Oak Institute is possibly destined to be turned into yet more student accommodation. What an absolute travesty. How can this happen to a Grade 11 listed building? Yet another example of the failure to have the appropriate covenants in place. Mind you, even with those there still loopholes that can be gone through. Dreadful. As the other posts have said - Selly Oak is NOT only about students. I 100% disagree with the proposal and I hope common sense and decency prevails.

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