Com­pany wins bid to oust ‘nui­sance’ neigh­bours

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Carl Jack­son Coun­cil Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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