Longbridge Forum – North Worcestershire Golf Course


On Thursday, March 3, local residents will have the opportunity to put forward views on Bloor Homes’ proposal to redevelop the North Worcestershire Golf Course.

Local Labour Councillor, Andy Cartwright, has invited Bloor Homes to the next Longbridge Ward Forum which is taking place on 3rd March at 6.30pm at the Meadows School just off Bristol Road South. The Ward Forum is a public event where local residents will be able to give their views and raise concerns directly with Bloor Homes. As the issue concerns residents beyond the borders of Longbridge ward, all residents who believe they may be affected are welcome to come along for that item not only those who live in Longbridge ward specifically. After the NWGC agenda item is completed, the meeting will move on to discuss Longbridge ward-specific issues such as parking, policing and grass verges.

Last month, Bloor Homes held a public exhibition of their plans at the Hollymoor Community Centre. Their proposals include 1000 houses and a ‘proposed’ new primary school. It is important to stress, however, that Bloor Homes have not yet submitted a Planning Application to Birmingham City Council.

Although it is clear that Bloor do intend to submit a Planning Application – probably in the near future – the existing Planning Policy framework under which Birmingham City Council operates precludes building on North Worcestershire Golf Course land. For more on that, see this week’s piece in the Birmingham Post http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/…/north-worcestershire-golf…

Along with Labour’s Longbridge and Northfield Councillors, Andy Cartwright, Jess Phillips and Brett O’Reilly, I am continuing to press for residents’ views to be heard. We are also working with local Labour campaigners, Julie Johnson and Carole Griffiths. This is also an issue that goes beyond party. Independent Longbridge Councillor, Ian Cruise, also opposes development. Although recent comments from Conservatives in Northfield have been criticised by residents as ambiguous, they too have opposed building on the land in the past.

Full information on the forum is on the flyer below:


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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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