Company wins bid to oust ‘nuisance’ neighbours
DOZENS of workers are to be evicted from a business park to make way for a packaging company’s £15 million expansion plans.
Birmingham City Council cabinet chiefs agreed to make a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for Phoenix Business Park in Tyseley which is home to numerous small storage firms collectively employing between 50 to 100 people.
As reported in last week’s some of the firms have been branded a ‘nuisance’ by Euro Packaging next door, which claimed they created a potential risk of environmental harm.
The company wants to expand its global HQ on to the park which would expand its 480-strong workforce to around 800 people. They warned if they could not develop the site they would be forced to move its operation out of Birmingham.
For more than a year they have tried to negotiate with the tenants to secure the lease of the 3.7 acre plot but to no avail. After talks stalled they asked the council to use special powers to intervene.
The council granted a 125-year lease to the current occupants in 1998. But by now exercising its CPO powers they can re-lease the site to Euro Packaging which has agreed to meet all the costs of acquiring the land and compensating the businesses.
Only new Conservative group deputy leader Cllr Debbie Clancy (Longbridge and West Heath) raised issue with the decision.
She asked the council to further consider the expansion of a packaging firm in light of the Government’s 25-year environment plan which vows to reduce the use of plastics.
Euro Packaging has already submitted a planning application for its proposed development which alluded to the tense relationship between the company and park businesses.
An application document said: “The site is currently used as general storage, scrap metal storage and vehicular parts breaking however, it is difficult to establish the precise activities that are currently undertaken on the site.
“The current uses causes a nuisance to the Euro Property site and has the potential risk of contamination and environmental impacts such as air pollution and noise.”
The site has also been monitored by council enforcement officers following complaints about the storage and burning of waste.
> The Phoenix Business Park, left, next to the Euro Packaging global HQ