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Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 10583

Received: 19/08/2021

Respondent: Mrs Samantha Green

Representation Summary:

[SAH228]
I strongly object to the proposed plans for brandhall golf course. There is insufficient infrastructure and will cause serious health problems for any child attending a school built so near to the M5 and the Wolverhampton Road.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 10848

Received: 15/09/2021

Respondent: Mrs Teresa Bone

Representation Summary:

Opposed to the development of Brandhall golf course as a major housing estate, in support of the rebuilding of Causeway Green School, there are very few green spaces for local families to enjoy locally and this area should be retained as a green space/park

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 11596

Received: 07/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Mike Warnes

Representation Summary:

Brandhall Golf Course

I do not think that such a large development is justifiable because:
A) Noise and airborne pollution from the adjacent M5 motorway will impact on the wellbeing of residents.
B) The golf course provides an area of amenity space that is lacking in this area of the borough.
C) The area contains streams, pools etc that encourage wildlife.
D) there are numerous mature trees that are at risk.
E) It is not clear whether an ecological survey has yet been done.
F) I attach two pictures to show what resources are at risk.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 11718

Received: 08/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Robert Chesworth

Representation Summary:

SAH228
The water courses in the area of Brandhall Golf Course can potentially cause severe flooding especially if the plan for 540 houses with associated hard surfacing goes ahead. There is also the problem of the road infrastructure, already a congestion problem, being totally overwhelmed by the increased traffic together with the danger of the majority of traffic from this site trying to access the Wolverhampton Road.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 11720

Received: 08/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Juliet Deane

Representation Summary:

SAH228:
The proposed housing development on the Brandhall Golf Course area is a travesty of Council's commitment to the environment. An outstanding `green space' for people to enjoy and providing the very necessary trees for the health of the air we breath and home for wildlife. In addition there is the very real danger of flooding from all the water courses in this area should such a huge housing development go ahead, not only on the land itself but adjacent areas.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 11851

Received: 09/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Ian Bennett

Representation Summary:

Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group stated that "Our population experience ill-health and death earlier than most areas". This is in the bottom 5% of CCGs Nationally.
Air quality in the Brandhall/Old Warley area of the borough is poor and residents are at risk due to PM2.5 levels
Sandwell (overall) Ranks 254 out of 317 Local Authorities for concentration of PM2.5 (10.64μg/m3 background) which is rated as dangerous and in breach of WHO limits.
Sandwell has been declared as an Air Quality Management Area due to likely exceedances of the Air Quality Objective for Nitrogen Dioxide of 40 ug/m3.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 11867

Received: 10/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Edwina Radford

Representation Summary:

Peak House Farm green belt land is rich in wildlife with its own diverse and established ecology.
The land has natural watercourses and acts as a sponge for both water and carbon. It is a filter for the toxic unclean air from one of the busiest motorway junction J7 with M5 and M6, with busy A34 on its borders. If this land is swallowed up for building, the essential green corridors will be lost forever with devastating and irrepairable impact on nature. The pandemic irrefutably highlighted the essential benefits of green open spaces for mental health and well-being.

Comment

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12051

Received: 10/10/2021

Respondent: Miss Emma Thompson

Representation Summary:

SAH068 = object: identified as Potential Site of Importance (for nature conservation)
SAH069 = object: identified as Potential Site of Importance (for nature conservation)
SAH070 = object: The site is a SLINC
SAH088 = object: The site includes an area of SLINC
SAH091 = object: The site includes an area of SLINC
SAH098= object: identified as Potential Site of Importance (for nature conservation)
SAH100 = object: The site includes an area of SLINC
SAH224 = object: The site is a SLINC
SAH226= object: The site is a SLINC
SAH228 = object: identified as Potential Site of Importance (for nature conservation)

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12149

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Darryl Magher

Representation Summary:

SAH226-Shouldn't have been taken off GB, part of ecological corridor linking Sandwell-Walsall GB. Site is a SLINC. It's rich habitat for wildlife, has wider ecological networks. It's buffer to noise, light & air pollution frm MWay. Brooks & waterways run frm Gt Barr thru' here & go in to Tame, some need clearing out
No direct access & provision of one will increase traffic on Brackendale Drive where parking is a problem. With other developments taking place G'side Way/Walsall & W Brom Rd will have gtr traffic. There have been flooding issues & blocked brooks finding other routes causing issues.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12161

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Greensward Enterprise

Representation Summary:

Do not build houses and schools on land zoned for recreational uses as we are losing Green spaces viz Londonderry Fields in Smethwick/Oldbury & the Borough of Sandwell is facing an obesity & health crisis with diabetes expected to rocket & we need Green space for exercise & to help better mental health outcomes & I say that as I have a disability being Bipolar

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12162

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Anne Grainger

Representation Summary:

Replacing the two areas of green belt which have mature trees, bushes and undergrowth providing home to birds and other wildlife, with a housing estate will further reduce the air quality and bio-diversity in the area. In addition it will create parking problems, pressure on the local schools, shops and health providers.

Many of the residents that live opposite the proposed build are retired, enjoying the views, and also the peace and quite. the upheaval, noise and dust created by the building works could have adverse effects on their Health.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12167

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Sandwell Liberal democrats

Representation Summary:

SAH226 - Land to north of Painswick Close Sub Station

This site includes playing fields, and such community facilities should not be sacrificed for housing when there are outstanding planning applications that have not been built.
In addition to any mitigation for the loss of Green Belt, this proposal should be refused unless it retains the playing fields.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12168

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Darryl Magher

Representation Summary:

SAH091- Shouldn't have been selected. Site includes a(SLINC). Plans should safeguard local wildlife-rich habitats & wider ecological networks, including locally designated sites of importance for biodiversity. Site identified as site of Importance for nature conservation. Increase in traffic in a area of high usage already. With another development on Stone Cross there will be further huge traffic issues around Tame Bridge Station, Stone Cross and on the A4031 Walsall Rd. The area is known as having a high nitrogen dioxide exceedance as well as there being noise and light pollution from MWay.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12170

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mr Darryl Magher

Representation Summary:

SAH091- Shouldn't have been selected. Site includes a(SLINC). Plans should safeguard local wildlife-rich habitats & wider ecological networks, including locally designated sites of importance for biodiversity. Site identified as site of Importance for nature conservation. Increase in traffic in a area of high usage already. With another development on Stone Cross there will be further huge traffic issues around Tame Bridge Station, Stone Cross and on the A4031 Walsall Rd. The area is known as having a high nitrogen dioxide exceedance as well as there being noise and light pollution from MWay.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12174

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: The Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

Some concern about possible impact of the development on adjacent woodland.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12175

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Sandwell Liberal democrats

Representation Summary:

SAH224 - Land off Tanhouse Avenue

Part of the land for this site has a long association with the neighbouring school and provides playing fields to the local community. In addition to retaining the playing fields, any development on this site will need to mitigate for possible subsidence or other problems from past mining activity in the area. It is also a known flood plain. With over 3,000 houses that have planning approval, but remain unbuilt, the need for these houses is questionable.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12177

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Sandwell Liberal democrats

Representation Summary:

SAH225 - Charlemont Community Centre

The proposal for this site is for one house, and that will have no impact on the housing stock while opening up the possibility of developers encroaching on the neighbouring open space. This proposal should therefore be rejected and the Council should instead look for ways to make use of the building as a community centre. This could be either through Sandwell Council itself, or inviting community groups to make use of it. The area is also prone to flooding and any building work would likely exacerbate this, and there is vacant lot close by.

Comment

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12182

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Sandwell Liberal democrats

Representation Summary:

We welcome Sandwell's decision not to include the land off Birmingham Road and Wilderness Lane (Peakhouse Farm) in the Draft Black Country Plan.

Contrary to the claim in the developer’s submission, there are several constraints that apply to this proposal.
1) The land is protected by Historic Hedgerow legislation.
2) The site is a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation.
3) There are archaeological remains underneath the surface of the fields, thought to be those of a moated farmhouse. This was confirmed by the archaeologists who dug a test trench commissioned by the developer in May 2021.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 12925

Received: 24/09/2021

Respondent: Mr and Mrs Ray Kent

Number of people: 2

Representation Summary:

I would like to raise objections to develop the green space at the old brandhall golf club site.
Objections raised due to.
Increase of population
Road traffic increase
Wildlife hub will be destroyed
Destruction of a site of historical interest
Walking distance for us to a beautiful green space..not having to use a car to get here cuts down on our emissions for the planet....has health benefits mental and physical
Enjoy birdwatching there....general peace and quiet....a meeting place for social events.
The destruction and development would have a detrimental effect on my well being.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 13980

Received: 01/11/2021

Respondent: Mrs Lorraine Dyde

Representation Summary:

I would like to say that the golf course should be mainly a park and at the most just a new school go replace causeway green school. There are not many green spaces for families to enjoy in the area. This would be a great area to be developed into a great park and add facilities as a green cafe and have clubs for all ages.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14018

Received: 05/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Kathy Collins

Representation Summary:

This space helps provide an outlet for those who feel stressed or depressed. It allows physical activities to take place in a natural environment of calm and tranquillity thus increasing exercise levels of that use it and reducing obesity. People walk, walk dogs, run,picknick or just strole through this area and benefit in health and wellbeing. This natural environment is uneque to the area and supports a variety of birds, insects mamals, forna and flora that should be protected not lost. The trees and bushes off set the carbon emissions from the M5 and Wolverhampton Rd, both heavy with traffic. They also help with flood management of the site both by interception and root absorbtion. 1 mature tree can manage to absorb 50g/day of water. With out this and the increase in rainfall especially in Autumn/winter due to global warming the area is at greater risk of flooding. Many small watercourses from this site feeding the source of the River Tame in Oldbury. The trees acting as a natural flood defence.
Cycle tract, walking paths that are safe can be provided within this space allowing a variety of sports to take place. The old club house can provide a social meeting place/cafe for lonley, vunrable people to meet with a variety of activities being arranged e.g. knit&natter ladies meeting out door biology lessons for primary school children allowing them to exercise and learn in a safe environment. Outdoor exercise classes in summer/running group would improve health &well being of all the local communities.
Safety of the community is important and if 560 houses are built on this land not only do we loose our green space, forna and flora residents loose somewhere to walk and de stress. Their health and wellbeing will suffer and we will loose the natural habitat for many birds, insects and mamals. Each house built will result in higher carbon emissions to the area. 560 homes 2 cars per home at least 1120 cars hitting the streets daily from this site. Already the junction Queensway/Wolverhampton Rd/Brandhall Rd and Parsons Hill is an accident black spot with accidents, injury and deaths occurring regularly at this site. Added traffic to other roads around this site trying to gain access to the Wolverhampton Rd will increase congestion and road safety in this area. Brandhall Primary school children and parents risk of accidents increased.
With a little effort by the council in:-
1) making access to the site easier from all surrounding sites by opening gates and people not having to go via hedge gaos
2) Improving pathways through the site-disable friendly
3) Improving bins on the site. Currently only 3 bins (were 8) always overflowing with waste deposited by those who use the site- Regular removal of waste. Dog Pooh bins
4) Cycle pathway for adults and children to use in a safe environment away from
5) Club house open as cafe, rentable hall for groups and clubs. Meeting place for all
6) Manage the site not as a manacured park but a nature reserve with a pond, surrounding wet land etc
This will provide work for groundsmen/women and an income from the rental potential of the clubhouse cafe.
There are community volunteers who would also help to maintain this site along with the council.
Additional childrens play area access for cars to park safely would encourage parents with young children to go out, exercise and enjoy time spent together at no cost to them. Add a picknic and a cheap day out improving health and wellbeing for families now and for the future. Helping reduce obesity by encouraging exercise. Please save this space as a green natural space for the community, wildlife and our future.
There are many sites to use for housing Langley e,g. Mernsvale pub- burnt down left in a delapodated state. Could be pulled down and houses or apartments built. Many factory units are derelict so why build more either use those existing or use sites to build homes

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14062

Received: 22/09/2021

Respondent: ARH King

Representation Summary:

I wisah to object to any proposed plans to redevelop Brandhall Golf course. This site is a haven for wildlife and there are very few open spaces in the area for people to relax, maintain their mental and physicla wellbeing, socialise safely and exercise dogs. The surrounding houses are at grave risk of flooding if this site is redeveloped.

Whilst I work in social housing, and I appreciate the crisis in this nation for housing - there are plenty of more sustainable/enviromentally friendly options available - working with landlords/housing associations to renovate derelict buildiungs/ flats above shops. Invest in more staff in the compulsory purchase teams. I know you think this is too costly a process, but the cost to our nations wildlife (which impacts the rest of the world) and the cost to our immedaite and future generatiosn health and social wellbeing is far greater.

Why not establish community groups who can take responsibility for the general maintenece of these open spaces - in collaboration with the council staff? isnbt this what communtiy is about? its not an us and them mentality - but the councils drawing on the local communities (and vice versa) to all work together to ensure a better, safer, cleanber and morew wholesome community.

Comment

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14189

Received: 24/09/2021

Respondent: Anne Hartley

Representation Summary:

Dear Sir or Madam
I could not find out how to comment on the Black Country Plan on your website so would like my emailed comments to be included.

I am concerned about the plan to build on the site of the Brandhall Golf Course and Parsons Hill Park. This will result in the loss of a green corridor for wildlife as well as loss of recreation space for the local population. The conurbation covers such a large area that patches of green such as parks and golf courses are essential.
regards

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14411

Received: 30/09/2021

Respondent: Miss Jennifer Round

Representation Summary:

Brandhall Green space.
Green spaces are the lungs of urban areas.
Trees absorb co2 and thus affect climate change.
Brandhall golf links enable residents to get recreation and exercise.
Parsons Hill Park provides a safe area for children from the Brandhall Estate to play without the need to cross the very busy and treacherous Wolverhampton road.
These are just a few of the reasons why this area should be saved.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14534

Received: 06/10/2021

Respondent: Adam King

Representation Summary:

RE: The development of the Brandhall Golf Course Green Space
I'm sure you have received many objection letters / forms stating valid reasons why not to develop i.e. more loss of green space, the fact that we cannot currently get doctors appointments in this area, accident hot spots (which I personally witness on many occasions as I walk past that route on way home to and from work), the flooding concerns, as we have already seen evidence of this from the development of the old college site housing development in Brook Road... I could go on.

However, when are the Government going to actually address the real problem of housing instead of building on green areas (those which are actually left) and actually tackle the fundamental issues which are:
1. The out of control housing market regarding ridiculously high house prices etc
2. The vicious circle of people renting at extortionate rates because they cannot afford to get on the housing ladder due to point number 1 above.
3. Allowing people / organisations to have a portfolio of property which is the disease that is causing / driving the above problems stated in points 1 and 2 above.

Why does the Government allow anyone to have more than two properties? A house is somewhere to live, it was never meant to be a business or an area to exploit for profit. People buying up blocks and areas just for the purpose of renting should never be allowed. And this all comes down to profit and greed. How can companies from overseas buy entire blocks in areas of the UK without ever viewing them and no intention of ever living in them. Its hypocrisy and greed.

I have seen the map of the areas planned for development and even if you go ahead and develop ALL these areas, it will still be a drop in the ocean regards housing and will not cover the governments failings in its housing crisis failures.

It is my personal understanding that no matter how many objections you receive, they will not affect the decision, as the issue here is profit, greed, money, money, money,money.

If someone does read this, then I hope they will do the right thing and not develop... but money talks and profit and greed will always win.

Comment

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14541

Received: 10/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Bridget Green

Representation Summary:

Please do not change your mind and build on the Peakhouse Farm, Aston University Recreation Ground, and Wilderness Woods.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14814

Received: 28/09/2021

Respondent: Joshua Stringer

Representation Summary:

I, Mr. Stringer, a resident of Brandhall, firmly and whole heartedly reject the tearing down and destroying of the Brandhall Green Space, the very last of the pollutions
lungs we have in this area. One that has been walked over by many, many generations before me, and should continue to be walked on for many after. You,whom ever this concerns, have no right in destroying such an old, sacred, healthy part of this community. Only to build 560 more house. It’s literally creating and adding more pollution to the area, whilst taking away the only thing we have to protect us from that exact thing. It is idiotic and should not happen. Turn it into a public walkway
and let nature be. Its the least you can do in an already bare, nature-less city.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 14867

Received: 09/10/2021

Respondent: Judith Collenette

Representation Summary:

I wish to protest most strongly about this proposed development. Sandwell Valley was meant to be a
‘protected’ nature reserve. We need to keep these open spaces too many are being lost.

Support

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 15093

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Sandra Handley

Representation Summary:

I strongly support the councils decision to exclude Peak House Farm from the draft plan. As a
resident of Wilderness Lane for 10 years, I’ve seen the chaos caused by the amount of traffic that
use Wilderness Lane as a drop off point for pupils attending Q3 school. In my opinion any
additional traffic that may have to enter a new housing estate along Wilderness Lane will vastly escalate the problem.
My other concern would be to the wildlife. It is so beautiful and needs to be kept that way.

Object

Draft Black Country Plan

Representation ID: 15115

Received: 11/10/2021

Respondent: Mrs Sandy Morrey

Representation Summary:

I am emailing to raise an objection to the proposed plans to build houses on the former Brandhall Golf Course site in Sandwell.

I believe this piece of land is crucial to the environmental wellbeing of the surrounding area, and the mental well-being of its existing residents. It is a haven for wildlife and families alike. There is already very little green space in our area.

The roads surrounding the golf course site are already busy, in particular the Wolverhampton Road where there is already accident black spots at the Queensway/Parsons Hill junction and also Brandhall Road. There have been life changing & even fatal accidents at these locations. Adding more traffic to the area will surely see an increase in the amount of accidents not to mention congestion and air pollution.

There have already been lots of new houses built in this area in recent years on the former
Sandwell College site. These have been built on a flood plain and much work was done on the golf
course to help with drainage. Building more houses further up on the golf course will surely have a
knock on effect for the houses built here with the potential of flooding.

In a time when we are more aware than ever of the effects our actions are having on our planet, we should be doing our upmost to protect our precious opens spaces and natural habitats not taking them away.

I would be grateful if my views and those of Friends of Brandhall Green Space could be taken into account when considering future plans.