Controversial Streetbike building application pulled by developers

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a restaurant, takeaway and convenience store at a congested Halesowen junction have been pulled.

The change of use and extension application wanted to pave the way to remodel the existing Streetbike premises into three units and increase the car parking capacity to 40 spaces.

However, Heedgrove Ltd pulled the application days before Dudley Council's Development Control committee were about to consider the plans.

Protesters had complained the extra units would generate traffic on the already busy Stag Island which is notorious for congestion.

Halesowen North Councillor Karen Shakespeare led the campaign against the application which saw a 200 name petition handed to the council.

She said: "It is good news the application was pulled due to the complaints of local residents who rightly are worried about the extra congestion.

"Dudley Council's Highways Department also backed residents worries about the extra traffic on an island which is chaotic already."

She added: "However, I would not be surprised if the applicants are going to resubmit plans with different access routes in the near future.

"I will object against that application too as Stag Island does not need any more businesses, the present businesses are doing fine without the extra competition."

The Heedgrove Ltd application, which was pulled, stated: "The proposed development, will have three potential distinct separate uses, will enhance and improve the visual appearance of the current site and provide further vitality to this area."

Motorcycle business Streetbike is moving to the former Comet building in Dudley Road at the end of the year, which has paved the way for the change of use bid by Heedgrove Ltd.

In June Dudley Council gave outline approval to a plan to build 66 new homes on the former MEB site in Halesowen which local residents fear will also cause traffic chaos on Mucklow Hill and Stag Island.

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2:41pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mucklow hill resident says...

Good news !
The top of Mucklow Hill has been chronic ever since they took it down from two lanes to one many moons ago and this would have only made things worse (if at all possible) with people trying to get on and off the site
Good news ! The top of Mucklow Hill has been chronic ever since they took it down from two lanes to one many moons ago and this would have only made things worse (if at all possible) with people trying to get on and off the site mucklow hill resident
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12:02am Fri 15 Aug 14

brumguy_c says...

I really don't see the problem, I use this junction daily and don't really suffer with the 'notorious congestion' I arrive at the island heading away from Birmingham at about 08:40 and it's clear.

I appreciate that between 08:00 and 08:30 of a morning, it will be busy, as will the entire Hagley Road, that's to be expected, it's par for the course.

The three retail properties planned for development, you need to ask, how much congestion would they really add, being as in all likelihood, they wouldn't open until 9am. Let's also not forget that 40, off road parking spaces were planned, so there would be no issue of a lane blocked due to parking trouble.

I think this opposition is a poorly thought through decision from the residents, and it potentially pushing money away from the local area and will result in another derelict eyesore property, then will they be happy?
I really don't see the problem, I use this junction daily and don't really suffer with the 'notorious congestion' I arrive at the island heading away from Birmingham at about 08:40 and it's clear. I appreciate that between 08:00 and 08:30 of a morning, it will be busy, as will the entire Hagley Road, that's to be expected, it's par for the course. The three retail properties planned for development, you need to ask, how much congestion would they really add, being as in all likelihood, they wouldn't open until 9am. Let's also not forget that 40, off road parking spaces were planned, so there would be no issue of a lane blocked due to parking trouble. I think this opposition is a poorly thought through decision from the residents, and it potentially pushing money away from the local area and will result in another derelict eyesore property, then will they be happy? brumguy_c
  • Score: 3

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