The latest on Kings Norton Planning Applications


Thanks to businesses and residents in Kings Norton for the comments you have sent to me about the planning applications from Sainsburys and the Coop to build new stores next to or near Kings Norton Green.

I had discussions with representatives of Sainsburys and the Coop earlier this week. I also reported back on those discussions to a public meeting convened by the Lifford Business Association at Kings Norton Primary School.

This is to update everyone that I have now submitted my comments to Birmingham City Council’s Planning Department. Amongst the concerns I have raised are parking and traffic hazards, design issues and the importance of not undermining Kings Norton Green as a focus for the community and local shopping.

It is expected that the applications will be considered by Councillors on the Planning Committee in October. I have strongly recommended that members of that Committee make a site visit to the Kings Norton Green area before making any decision, so they can see the situation for themselves and talk directly to local people.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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