Dear Birmingham City Council,

The background to my request is as follows:

I was recently made aware that high fencing had been erected around a small, triangular area of land at the junction of Linwood Road and Dawson Road in Handsworth. Someone from a neighbouring property said that a house was being built there.

On the BCC website, I found that this planning application was submitted on March 16th this year:

Application Details
• Application Number 2021/01543/PA
• Application Type Full Planning
• Site Address Land adjacent 12 Linwood Road Handsworth Birmingham B21 9HT
• Proposal Erection of 1 no. dwelling house

I emailed a request for copies of any comments submitted regarding this planning application. In spite of there being a long list of ‘consultees’, only one comment, from ‘Environmental Pollution Control, has been emailed to me.

The area enclosed by the fencing was previously designated public open space, belonging, I assume, to Birmingham City Council. It had been grassed and a low metal fence erected, to provide a community asset, a small ‘pocket park’. This work was financed from BCC's local ward funds and by the EU.

Freedom of Information request: Please will you let me know the following:

1. Did the land described in 2021/01543/PA previously belong to Birmingham City Council?
Assuming the answer to 1. is 'yes':
2. Has BCC sold the land to a private buyer, or to an organisation?
3. When was it sold?
4. Who made the decision to sell it?
5. What was the reason for selling it?
6. Were local residents consulted about BCC’s intention to sell off the ‘pocket park’?
7. How much was it sold for?
8. What are the proceeds of the sale being used for?
9. Was the award of planning consent, for construction of a dwelling, a condition of the sale?
10. Has only one ‘comment’ been received for this planning application?
11. How does the sale of the pocket park, (situated, due to the density of housing, in an area
sadly lacking in green space), fit with BCC’s ‘Green’ agenda?
12. How much BCC ward fund money was spent on creating the pocket park?
13. How much EU money was received towards the cost of creating the pocket park?
14. How does Birmingham City Council justify the waste of money involved in creating the
pocket park?

In addition to answering the questions above, please will you provide me with copies of all emails or other correspondence, sent or received by BCC, concerning the sale of the land.

Thank you for your help with this.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Baddeley

Birmingham City Council

 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 22486999
Your reference: [FOI #740907 email]

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Information request
Our reference: 22486999
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Kelly Gould, Birmingham City Council

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Please find attached the remaining document in regard to the above
request.

 

Regards

Kelly

 

 

Kelly Marie Gould I Business Support Co-ordinator I Business Improvement I
Strategic Services Directorate

 

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