There is still no development in the ongoing saga of Tesco vs Co-Operative.
“Insofar as Stirchley is concerned, the City Council has said that it will not be completing the S106 Planning Agreement the Co-op needs to secure the release of its planning permission.
The Council has concluded that the Co-op does not have sufficient interest in the site (ownership) to justify entering into a binding legal agreement. The Council has also resumed discussions with Tesco and we hope now to be able to make progress in respect of both the acquisition of City Council land (the Community Centre and Indoor Bowls Centre) and the scheme itself (we will need to re-open discussions with the Planning Department and community stakeholders in due course).”
CO-OP/HELICAL RETAIL SAY:
“As you will be aware Midlands Co-op along with development partners Helical Retail have submitted plans for a mixed use retail scheme in Sitchley and are awating a decision from the Cty Council. Similarly Tesco have also submitted an application for a new superstore on the same site and only one of the two schemes will be granted planning permission.
As part of our ongoing community consultation programme we would like to invite you [Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum] to participate in a community focus group. Establishing a focus group consisting of a resprentative cross section of the Stirchley area will allow us to understand the views of the wider community on what they consider to be the needs and priorities for the regeneration of the local community.”
So it’s all still as confusing as ever. What is certain is that this battle has stalled real regeneration in Stirchley for years.
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Despite Birmingham City Council doing extremely little to keep residents informed of developments we have now discovered that the planning committee have referred the application to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She will decide whether to call in the application for further inspection or let it be approved. She will do this in the next two weeks. We think she needs to call it in and we need your help to persuade her.
You can find a letter below which you can either copy and send or use as a template for your own. Individual letters do have more impact but time is against us. We need to get as many letters to Hazel Blears as possible. Send you letter to Rt.Hon. Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU. You might also like to send a copy to Lynne Jones MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (firstname.lastname@example.org). (more…)Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
The public consulutation we held on Saturday 12th July was a great success, with lots of people coming to find out what we are doing, object to Tesco and offer their suggestions for a better Stirchley. To see the results click here.
One point that seemed to keep coming up was a presumption that the Tesco’s development is a done deal. It most certainly is not! Birmingham City Council may be minded to approve the application but it still has to go to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears). We have to act quickly but there’s still time to make your objections known.
We’ll be letting you know how to do this soon.
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