Bordesley Hall was an attractive 18th century Georgian mansion
Historically, the site is within Bordesley Park, a property of Bordesley Abbey, originally the lost Domesday manor of Osmerley.
The use of the Hall and its grounds changed to business when it was purchased by the British Cast Iron Research Association in 1941. In more recent times it has been used as a small business park.
In 2020, planning approval was given for the buildings to be converted to 54 apartments. This was a “change of use” government permitted provision, with little scope for amendment by Bromsgrove planning authority.
The owner subsequently submitted a further application which requested approval for demolishing all the buildings except the hall, and building new houses around it.
February 2022 – Approval has been given for the change of use of Bordesley Hall into three apartments and to demolish the surrounding buildings. Outline permission has been given to build up to 46 dwellings on the grounds.
November 2022 – The detailed application for the building of 46 houses around Bordesley Hall has been proposed.
Full details of the approved application can be seen on the Bromsgrove council planning portal – search for 22/01228/REM. If you wish to comment on this application, you have to do so by 8th December
Below are three images.
The first shows the original layout with the buildings in orange (the numbers are the sq m of each), the tarmacked areas/car parks in pale brown and the roadway in light grey.
The second shows the proposed buildings – with many of them on the tarmacked area rather than the built upon area – hence the increased negative impact on the openness of the site.
And the third shows the proposed street lighting
Original site layout
Proposed site plan
Street lighting proposal
Bordesley Hall Planning Application for up to 46 houses possible objections
- The earlier application proposes up to 46 houses yet the planning figure and layout detail covers 46 houses with no explanation for the change. Considering the rural location of Bordesley Hall and the complete lack of close, accessible facilities and services other than by making car journeys, this is not a sustainable site.
- 46 Houses will create the largest new housing estate in Alvechurch Parish in recent times. All of the following: location, transport and narrow access road without footpaths all indicate that a much smaller development being more appropriate.
- The mix of 2 bedroom to 6-bedroom houses responds to Bromsgrove housing needs and is suited to a site in Bromsgrove town itself or one of their larger settlements but is totally unsuitable for a site like Bordesley Hall.
- The proposal identifies an intention to provide homes for some elderly and disabled people. Bearing in mind there is little or no community transport in the area, it is suggested that the proposal for funding outlined in the application is unlikely to produce such community transport. This raises the risk of social isolation for elderly and disabled persons unless future car use is accepted as inevitable
- The development must have regard to the impact of night-time lighting provisions. This area has previously been intrinsically dark like the rest of Rowney Green. The proposed footway lighting will cause light pollution,
- Worcestershire County Council highways have previously objected to this development because of the inadequate road and pathway provision, the lack of nearby public transport will cause an inevitable reliance on a car. This also make the proposal unsustainable.
- The prospective 106 agreement for the developer to contribute towards local services and facilities in support of a large development of housing identifies sums of money for increased provision in education, community transport and hospital and GP services. Worcestershire NHS propose that the money goes towards the provision of GP services in Rubery some considerable distance from the hall. This again means the use of cars to reach services.
- The access to the development is via three narrow lanes, the inevitable increase in traffic will cause increased dangers to pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorists using these lanes.
- The evidence suggests that the sustainability of this development with a proposal of 46 houses is in question. BDC should recognise that approving such a large housing development in a rural location without access facilities is not feasible.