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Its message: the greatest need is for affordable rented housing in urban areas. Any solution to Britain’s housing crisis must include a bigger contribution from the public sector. Rather than coercive measures, the focus should be on enabling local authorities and housing associations that wish to build social housing.

Shame is poured on George Osborne’s ‘massive’ reduction of Housing Associations’ capability to invest in new housing with a 1% rent reduction per annum for 5 years: “Social housing rents are already at a large discount to private landlord rents, so this ill-advised move in one go, reduced the capital raising capability of Housing Associations”.

The FT thinks that local authorities should be allowed to:

  • set planning fees,
  • to levy taxes on idle land when developers fail to use planning permissions
  • and, crucially, to borrow in order to fund their own social housing developments.

There is a great deal that can still be done by making better use of brownfield sites and releasing public land for development. An annual tax should be levied on undeveloped land that has residential planning permission but has not been developed whether publicly-owned, or land owned privately, by companies, NGOs or agencies.

Mixed developments are being built, income from sales invested in social housing

At the end of March, Birmingham’s council newsletter reported on the completion of 251 ‘quality’ homes in Erdington. There is a mixture of social housing and houses for sale, for a range of family sizes – from one to five bedroom properties.  The income gained from houses sold from this latest development will be reinvested into the council’s housing stock of social housing. News of other social and affordable new housing in the city may be read here. Today we are reminded that a four year programme has been set up to enlist smaller housebuilders to use smaller plots of land.

Birmingham City Council won Social Housing Provider of the Year’ at the Insider Residential Property Awards in 2016. This highlighted the work of the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT, currently the largest provider of affordable homes per annum in the Midlands with projects in Nechells, Sutton Coldfield and Ladywood. In 2015, BMHT also won the Public Sector Award at the Urban Design Awards for its Newtown redevelopment (See architect Joe Holyoak’s article – one photo above.).

BMHT celebrated the completion of its 2,000 home milestone in March – a culmination of 1,125 homes built for rent and almost 900 built for sale since the council launched the BMHT programme.  The council plans to build around 1,800 further new homes for rent and market sale between now and 2020 in order to close the city’s housing gap.

 

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The Boundary Commission recently published recommendations for new ward boundaries which ignored the proposals put forward by the Moseley community.

Today, the Brummie highlights proposals to merge the Jewellery Quarter and Winson Green districts into a single city council ward. The Jewellery Quarter Neighbourhood Forum is calling for its own council ward and councillor. Hall Green, Erdington, Acocks Green and Longbridge have also objected to the proposals of the Local Government Boundary Commission

isobel2 knowlesAt a Stirchley Forum meeting on Monday, the chair of the Moseley Forum, Isobel Knowles (right), invited all to a meeting about the Local Government Boundary Commission proposals for a new Moseley Ward.

It will be held on Saturday in the Main Hall at Queensbridge School, Moseley B13 8QB, 10:30am-12pm.

As the illogical division of areas like Moseley, Northfield and Selly Oak was described, one comment was that the civil servants had been handed a map and a ruler and told to get on with it. One bizarre result is in Northfield, where a boundary is running through the middle of one building.

Moseley will be divided, with Moseley Village, Park, Hospital and Farmers’ Market placed in a new Balsall Heath and Cannon Hill ward and the conservation areas split in half.

mose;ey boundary proposals map

The Commission’s stated aim is “to ensure that the pattern of wards reflects the interests and identities of local communities”. In this instance, the aim has been misdirected and proposals made which – in the opinion of residents in at least eight city wards – will damage the interests and identity of these communities.

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For more information, or to respond, go to the Boundary Commission by 8th February, 2016 via https://www.lgbce.org.uk or to The Review Officer (Birmingham), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 14th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP


Krystyna Mikula-Deegan, a supporter of the Save Good Hope Hospital Campaign, is standing for the local elections as the National Health Action Party [NHA] candidate in Erdington.

krystinaShe invites readers to meet at Mother’s Café (next to Greggs) in the Precinct, High Street Erdington Shopping Centre tomorrow, Tuesday 14th April at 1.30.

Krystyna says: “It will be informal meet, over a cup of tea and a chat and we’ll take it from there. If you can come, or if you’d like to get in contact you can email me at nha.erdington@gmail.com. Twitter @KrystynaNHA”.

Those with a deep concern about the future of the NHS might be willing to help Krystyna, who has leaflets to deliver in order to increase awareness of the party in less than four weeks! Erdington is quite a big ward, with 9,000 homes.

She ends: “Do let me know if you can come, although you can come at short notice, too. Just turn up, you’ll be very welcome.

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Seen by chance during a web search:

lad lane nowYears ago BBC News reported that analysis of the timber frames of the Lad in the Lane pub in Erdington proved it was built in the spring at the end of the 14th Century. Dendrochronology – analysing ring patterns – on timbers in the oldest part of the house found a match to known patterns from 1400.

This  makes the house 25 years older than the previous oldest, the New Shipton Barn in Sutton Coldfield, 50 years older than the BBC Restoration prize-winning Old Grammar School in Kings Norton. The building is almost 100 years older than the Old Crown in Deritend, the oldest building in the city continuously used as a pub.

Earlier it was known as The (or Ye Old) Green Man:

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 Details from English Heritage’s listed buildings database:

“One of the oldest inns in the country. The existing building of C14/C15 origin but much altered and enlarged in the 1930s. Timber framed, open hall of 3 bays divided by a cruck truss*, considerably cut about and with modern rafters and studding. Two more pairs of crucks in the south wall. At the north end is a 2 storey crosswing, probably of early C16 build, close studded with jowled corner posts. Cambered tie beam and collar with raking struts to central truss, exposed storey posts. Externally the west gable of wing has close studding with curved braces. Modern brick infill and fenestration.”

There are many entries on the internet about psychic research carried out on the premises.

*A cruck or crook frame is a curved timber, one of a pair, which supports the roof of a building, used particularly in England. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruck