Green light for new hous­ing on for­mer grey­hound track

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE re­de­vel­op­ment of the iconic grey­hound rac­ing sta­dium in Hall Green has cleared its fi­nal hur­dle.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee has granted Gal­li­ford Try Part­ner­ships’ de­tailed ap­pli­ca­tion for 210 homes on the site.

They also ap­proved a sep­a­rate pro­posal for a re­place­ment phone mast, to be in­stalled near Sil­ver­lands Close, which will pro­vide 4G cov­er­age for Voda­fone and O2.

Work to de­mol­ish the derelict ground has been on­go­ing since May and the sta­dium, which hosted rac­ing for 100 years, has been re­duced to rub­ble.

It closed in 2016, the same year that the coun­cil granted a pro­posal in prin­ci­ple to build houses in its place.

De­spite the in­evitabil­ity of de­vel­op­ment, more than 50 res­i­dents, along with Coun­cil­lor Akhlaq Ahmed who rep­re­sents Hall Green ob­jected to the lat­est scheme.

Con­cerns in­cluded its size, traf­fic and whether lo­cal schools and GP surg­eries could cope with ex­tra res­i­dents.

Cllr Ahmed also listed a num­ber of other crit­i­cisms and claimed lo­cal peo­ple were not con­sulted on the scheme.

But coun­cil of­fi­cers con­cluded the pro­pos­als were sus­tain­able and the North, com­mit­tee plan­ning de­bate.

The new 32-home de­vel­op­ment will fea­ture two blocks of ‘af­ford­able’ flats ei­ther side of an en­trance off York Road.

The route will sweep round the scheme in a U-shape and form an­other ac­cess point off York Road. Those on foot will also be able to walk through from Sil­ver­lands Close. sub­se­quently granted per­mis­sion with lit­tle

> The old Hall Green sta­dium

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