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Planning Application – Lynford, 2 Stourbridge Road

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
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APPLICATION REFERENCE :24/00336/FUL
APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
DATE ACCEPTED:27.03.2024
LOCATION:Lynford , 2 Stourbridge Road Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LS
PROPOSAL:Demolition of existing bungalow and redevelopment of land to provide six residential dwellings, access from Stourbridge Road and landscaping
APPLICANTS NAME:Aquilis Development Ltd
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Steve Edden
TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext. 3206
EMAILsteve.edden@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Further Information (Regulation 25) – Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste at Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor – Ref: 19/000056/CM

Neighbour Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
Town & Country Planning Act 1990

The Town & Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Submission of Further Information in respect of the Environmental Statement relating to the following planning application

Application Ref:      19/000056/CM        Grid Ref:   (E) 396794, (N) 275686

Applicant:                Mr Timmins

Proposal:                 Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste to achieve full restoration  

Location:                  Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor Lane, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove, B61 0QN

On 7 January 2020, Mr Timmins applied to Worcestershire County Council for planning permission for the above proposal. The County Council previously sought comments on this planning application from 29 January 2020 until 4 March 2020, from 21 April 2021 until 2June 2021, from 4 May 2022 until 8 June 2022 and from18 October 2023 until 22 November 2023.

On 5 February 2024 and 21 February 2024, the applicant submitted further information regarding access and highways. The County Council are now seeking comments on this further information.

Members of the public may inspect electronic copies of the further information, together with the application, plans, the Environmental Statement, the Non-Technical Summary and other documents submitted with the application at County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, during office hours, or online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning using application reference: 19/000056/CM from 10 April 2024 until 13 May2024. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

Members of the public may obtain paper copies of the further information of the Environmental Statement Regulation 25 Addendum via post at a charge of £85 plus VAT, as long as stocks last, from Bright & Associates, Pear Tree House, Dovaston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8DP, Email: rick@bright-associates.co.uk.Paper copies of the original planning application documents can also be obtained from Bright & Associates, so long as stocks last, at a charge of £10 + VAT for paper copy of the Non-Technical Statement; £85 + VAT for Planning Statement, which comprises an overall Environmental Statement(ES), and £280 + VAT for technical appendices to the Planning Statement (and ES). A memory stick of the whole ES including planning statement, technical appendices and Non-Technical Summary would be £120 + VAT. Postage is charged separately to the above costs, typical delivery (depending upon location) being £15-£20 within the UK. Alternatively, paper copies may also be purchased in person by prior appointment from County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, as long as stocks last. Anyone who wishes to purchase paper copies of the above documents from County Hall is advised to email: DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.ukor tel: 01905 845320 to arrange an appointment.

Should you wish to make any additional comments on the above planning application /further information you should write to the Council, either online using thelink above or you can send them to us by email (Email: DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk)or post using the postal address given in this letter. Please ensure we receive your comments before 13 May 2024 and state whether you would wish to address the Planning & Regulatory Committee if given the opportunity.

All previous comments submitted to the Council on this proposal will be taken into account in the determination of this application, and there is no need to write again, unless you wish to amend or withdraw your comments, or make further comments on the application and / or amended / further information.

Privacy Notice – how we use your information

Consideration of the development may take place in public and representations may be published. The proposal may be considered by Worcestershire County Council’s Planning &Regulation Committee (only comments relating to planning issues will be taken into account when reaching a decision).

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) requires the determination of planning applications to be a public process. The Council will make information submitted in relation to planning applications available for public inspection and so it is not possible to take into account in the determination of the application any comments which are submitted confidentially. If you wish to submit any comments regarding this application, your comments as well as your name and postal address may be disclosed to third parties including those who have submitted the planning application.

The Council is a Controller for data protection legislation purposes(including the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR).  Find out more information about how the Council will handle your personal data in our full Privacy Notice: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/privacy.Hard copies of this can also be provided on request.

You may wish to consider registering on our Planning Consultation Database to receive information about the development, review or updates of Worcestershire County Council’s planning policies, guidance and strategies. If you would like to register on our Planning Consultation Database, please send your name and contact details to PlanningDatabase@worcestershire.gov.ukand let us know which of the following projects you would like to be consulted on:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Minerals Planning Policy
  • Planning Application Procedures
  • Planning Policy and Strategy (other than minerals and waste)
  • Waste Planning Policy

You can find more information about these projects at https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/get-involved-planning.

Registering on the Planning Consultation Database will not affect when you are contacted about planning applications.

Bromsgrove District Plan Update – Consultation Summer 2024

See below update that we have received:

The Bromsgrove District Plan is now ready to move onto the next stage. The plan has continued to be developed over recent years with the Strategic Planning teamworking to develop the evidence base and assess all 400+ sites previously submitted to us. The Council is now in a position to announce that we are expecting to publish a consultation document this summer which will set out the planning strategy for Bromsgrove District for the next 15-20 years. The full details including the summer consultation dates will be confirmed shortly.

The Council is still awaiting further information on how the plan making reforms included in the Levelling up and Regeneration Act are to be enacted. Following the summer consultation the Council expects to then progress its plan using the‘new30 month system.’ Once we have this information a full timetable will then be published showing all the stages up to adoption. Please check regularly on the Council’s website for more updates, we would ask kindly that you do not contact the Council requesting further updates – updates will only be provided via the website and emails sent to those registered on our database. This ensures all stakeholders receive the same information at the same time.

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) has launched the new Police UK app

This app will allow you to report a range of services online the same way as when calling 101.

If you want to find out more about your local policing team, access key crime prevention advice, or find out about policing performance – these are all things you can do now through the new Police UK app. You can also make a non-emergency crime report directly through the app at a time that is convenient to you.

Download the app now

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Traffic Confusion Starts The Week

An overnight resurfacing of the Stourbridge Road mini-island and the approach roads, which should have started at 7.30pm on Monday 25th March, was brought forward 12 hours, with the road being closed from 7.30am, causing early morning traffic confusion, and increased traffic using narrow lanes across our community.

The Community Association was contacted by several residents, and after liaising with Worcestershire Highways, an update was providing say that the road would reopen at 4pm, in time for evening commuter traffic, and a further closure at 7pm for lines to be painted.

All Smiles at a Challenging AGM

18 residents attended this year’s Community Association AGM & inaugural Community Challenge on 20th March. 

On arrival, residents were given a complementary glass of wine or a glass of beer. The Community Challenge testing their knowledge about Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge, and observation skills with a Screen Test round(films/tv programme clips were Lady & the Tramp, Allo Allo and Blackadder Goes Fourth).

In between the two rounds there was alight supper of cheese and nibbles.

After a very brief AGM, which saw the committee elected for the year ahead, everyone enjoyed a game of Rock n Roll Bingo, the category TV theme tunes.

Thank you to those residents who came, supporting the community where they live.

The Committee elected for the year:

The committee shall consist of a chairman, treasurer and secretary and up to three other members with power toco-opt up to three other members to the committee as and when it sees fit.”

Chairperson:  Conrad Palmer

Secretary: Carole Morris

Treasurer: Yvonne Watton      

Officers: Mary Gibbs, Sue Wilkes, Geoff Cotterill

Co-option: Carol Brogan

There is space on the committee to a co-opt a further two people, if you would like to join us, do speak to us or email chair@fvca.org.uk.  There are 4 committee meetings a year.

To view the minutes, and the 2023 annual report & accounts visit https://fvca.org.uk/documents/agm-2024/

FVCA Annual General Meeting 2024

Are you up for our Community Challenge?


Three fun rounds, prizes, wine & nibbles, plus a 10 minute AGM, on Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm at the Village Hall


During the very brief AGM, annual report and accounts will be presented, and the committee for the year ahead will be elected. If you would like to help shape our community and deliver social activities, why not join the team?

For documents relating to this year’s AGM, CLICK HERE

Anonymous Letter Received

The Community Association has received another anonymous letter.  If residents wish to raise issues within the community, it would be appreciated if they do not make the letter anonymous.

In a letter received in February, the sender raises issues with parking and wreaths at the War Memorial.

The Community Association continues to ask for considerate parking.  The Community Association can only encourage and not enforce.  Any illegal parking or obstructions to the footpath (at the time when you are using the footpath) is a policing matter.  Parking in general, relating to the highway, is a County Council responsibility, and should be addressed to the local Divisional County Councillor, who for Fairfield, Widmoor & Stoneybridge, who is Cllr. Shirley Webb.

For approximately 7 years, wreaths at the War Memorial have been removed on 1st January of each year.  Previously, there was uncertainty when wreaths should be removed, and some residents had noted that the wreaths were starting to look weathered and dirty, which some people found disrespectful.

At that time, in response to the comments received, consultations took place at residents meetings, with St. Mark’s church and with the Parish Council.  The Royal British Legion was also consulted, they said:

“There is no guidance as to how long wreaths should remain at memorials after Remembrance Sunday. In some places they are removed after weeks, in others after months.”

A further enquiry with the Royal British Legion suggested removing wreaths after Christmas.

At the base of the War Memorial daffodils grow, to reduce the likelihood of treading on the emerging daffodils, it was agreed by all parties that wreaths should be removed on New Years Day.

It is appreciated that other communities may have adopted other protocols.

The Community Association has a history of respecting and remembering those people who have served this country and all people who have died in armed conflicts.  The Association, in partnership with St. Mark’s, coordinates the Remembrance Sunday service, has cleaned & registered the War Memorial and supports the Commonwealth War Graves Commission when their volunteers visit the village.  The Association also pegs down the wreaths that have been laid; prior to this, wreaths used to blow into the road, and get run over and damaged by passing vehicles.

If the person who has written to us wishes to discuss, or change, local protocols we are willing to listen, any changes would need consultation and agreement with residents and stakeholders.

It would be nice to regularly clean the War Memorial, to stop the buildup of dirt, etc.  If the sender of the letter is willing to assist with this, your help will be appreciated.

Intro to ‘An essential road safety guide for understanding driver fatigue’

When you think of reckless driving, your mind may instantly be drawn to the effects of driving under the influence, or perhaps ignoring speed limits. But did you know that fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving? Being awake for 24 hours has an equivalent impact on the brain as a blood alcohol content of 0.10%, which is above the legal limit in the UK.

Even if you’ve gained decades’ of experience behind the wheel, the law and Highway Code are constantly being updated to optimise driver safety. This means that no matter how experienced a driver you are, it’s vital that all motorists pay close attention to the latest information. A great place to start is by checking out this essential road safety guide produced by industry experts Hendy. This data-driven guide includes insightful statistics about fatigued driving and how this dangerous habit manifests itself on UK roads. For example, 13% of respondents to one survey admitted to falling asleep while driving at some point in their lives.

This valuable resource also takes a deep dive into both the causes of driver fatigue and advice around how it can be better managed or even prevented altogether. As well as understanding the safety implications, it’s vital for drivers to also acknowledge the legalities involved, which are also explored in the guide.

The updated comprehensive five-part guide covers:

  • Key statistics and risk factors for fatigued driving on UK roads
  • The most common causes of driver fatigue
  • Preventative measures to stay awake while driving
  • What the law says about falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Resources on dealing with fatigue and road safety

Some facts you might find interesting are:

  • Driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road accidents and up to one quarter of fatal and serious accidents.
  • Young drivers aged 18-24 are at the highest risk of road accidents, with 29% still driving even though they already felt tired at the start of their journey.
  • Driving when awake for 18 hours has the same impact on the brain as someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05%.

Read more her: https://www.hendycarstore.co.uk/driver-fatigue-essential-road-safety-guide/

Wildmoor Oak Update

STAR PUBS AND BARS, who own The Wildmoor Oak, are working to reopen the venue, and they are advertising for a tenant. A refurbishment of the pub has been planned.

Star Pubs & Bars is part of HEINEKEN UK and the vast majority of our 2,400 pubs are leased out to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

They claim that their ambition is to Build Britain’s Best Pub Company by attracting and retaining the best operators, and investing to create great pubs at the heart of their communities.

When refurbished, the aspiration is that the Wildmoor Oak will offer:

• A high-quality, focused range of drinks including favourite lagers, spirits and wines

• A fantastic food menu

• Coffee and Wi-Fi

• Entertainment as part of the rhythm of the week

The planned complete refurbishment will include a new bar, the addition of a Snug, and a complete redecoration.

The pub exterior, lighting and signage will be refreshed to position it as an attractive community pub. The transformation will enhance site visibility, highlight the pub’s offering and complement the new look of the interior.

A planning application has been submitted to Bromsgrove District for new external signage, including an illuminated, hanging, pub sign.

Planning Application – The Wildmoor Oak, Top Road

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

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  • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
    Access.
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  • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
    the .
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APPLICATION REFERENCE :24/00043/ADV
APPLICATION TYPE:Application to Display Adverts
DATE ACCEPTED:16.01.2024
LOCATION:The Wildmoor Oak [ph], Top Road Wildmoor Worcestershire B61 0RB
PROPOSAL:ERECTION OF ILLUMINATED AND NON-ILLUMINATED SIGNS TO THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING  
APPLICANTS NAME:
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Laura Russ
TELEPHONE:01527 534122
EMAILl.russ@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Planning Application – Hill Crest, Dordale Road

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

  • Click on the link above
  • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
    Access.
  • When at the summary page
  • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
    the .
  • To make a comment click on the tab,
  • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
    relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
  • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.
APPLICATION REFERENCE :24/00023/FUL
APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
DATE ACCEPTED:19.01.2024
LOCATION:Hill Crest , Dordale Road Bournheath Worcestershire B61 9JT
PROPOSAL:Demolition and re siting of existing dwelling house within existing garden
APPLICANTS NAME:
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Charlotte Wood
TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext 3412
EMAILCharlotte.Wood@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Flooding and Its Impact on the UK Housing Market

As the risk of flooding increases for many homes in the UK, it’s crucial that homeowners understand how to protect their property from potentially irreversible water damage. Since 2020, there’s been a 58% increase of weather-related property insurance claims, and with the government spending some £800 million on coastal defences alone each year, it seems flooding is a problem that’s not going away any time soon.

Installing preventative safety measures is a far more cost-effective way of dealing with torrential rain and unprecedented extreme weather than being unprepared and paying out to try and restore your home in the aftermath of a flood. And with many homeowners unaware that their properties are flood-prone, there’s no time like the present to start proactively safeguarding against flooding – especially if you live in coastal areas or near large bodies of water.

This detailed resource from Avrillo explores 30 key facts about flooding, with a focus on how flood risk can impact the housing market, both in terms of influencing property prices and demand. Whether you need tips and advice on how to safeguard your home against flooding, help after suffering a flood, or want to know more about how the value of your home may be affected – be sure to give this guide a read-through. With in-depth statistics about the impact of flooding on UK real estate and useful links to help those concerned, this is a great resource for anyone interested in future-proofing their home: https://avrillo.co.uk/30-facts-about-flooding-and-uk-property-market/ 

The guide covers: 

  • In-depth statistics on the impact of flooding on UK real estate
  • Tips on protecting your home from flooding 
  • Advice on recovering from a flood
  • Useful resource links on flooding in the UK, recovery, and community support

Their research has uncovered that:

  • 67% of homeowners are scared of the impact of climate change; however,  23% have not checked to see if they lived in a high-risk flood area. 
  • Although 57% of SMEs believe climate change will have an impact on their business in the next ten years, only 38% have a dedicated flood insurance plan in place–and only 18% have carried out flood prevention measures.
  • The UK risks losing a total of 167 million homes in 20 years because of climate change.

Oil Buying Scheme

Become a member of Community First’s Herefordshire & Worcestershire Community Oil Buying Scheme!

Great value and convenience.

In 2013, Community First set up a bulk buying group for heating oil for anyone in the two counties.  The scheme keeps money in the local economy, builds a greater sense of community and cooperation and helps tackle fuel costs.  Over the years, with hundreds of members, we have saved many thousands of pounds across both counties. 

How does it work?

At the end of each month we collate orders placed by our members and negotiate with a number of suppliers.  Our savings are often between 2p and 4p a litre against the average English price and can be much more against local individual quotes.  Our prices are the same for 500 as for 1500 litres, which is good for spreading your costs.
To register your interest or ask a question please contact info@comfirst.org.uk  or ring Richard on 07515 881231.

Membership costs £20 per year.  We are very happy to work with established local groups too for instance by sharing good practice and energy efficiency tips.  Community First will negotiate on your behalf with the oil suppliersThe best deal will be securedYou pay the supplier direct for the oil they deliverDeadlines for orders are approximately around the 26th-28th of each monthTo become a member please contact info@comfirst.org.uk

Boundary Review for County Council Divisions

A consultation on draft recommendations for division boundaries in Worcestershire has begun

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has today (10th January) published draft recommendations for new divisions, division boundaries, and division names for Worcestershire County Council.

The Commission are now inviting comments on those recommendations.

The consultation closes on 18 March 2024

Draft Recommendations Report

Draft Recommendations Map

Summary of Draft Recommendations

Have your say

You can take part in the consultation by CLICKING HERE or through the Commission’s website, which includes further information about the Commission and the review.

The Commission encourages everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact them, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.

The Commission will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation.

They will weigh each submission against the legal criteria which we must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:

·       to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county;

·       that the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;

·       that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of divisions.

If you wish to put forward a view, they would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission.

For example, if you wish to argue that two areas should be included in the same electoral division, make sure you tell them why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations, and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.

The Commission’s website features technical guidance that explains the process and their policies, as well as guidance on how to take part in each part of the process.

Planning Application – Chadwich Lane Quarry

Neighbour Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Application Ref:   23/000045/CM         Grid Ref:    (E) 395715, (N) 276943

Applicant:            Salop Sand and Gravel

Proposal:             The carrying out of development pursuant to planning permission reference number: 18/000036/CM, dated 25 March 2021 without complying with conditions 4, 5, 7, 26, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 41, 50, 55 and 60 of that permission

Location:              Land adjacent to former Chadwich Lane Quarry, Chadwich Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Salop Sand and Gravel is seeking planning permission for the above proposal. The planning application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

You may inspect electronic copies of the application for planning permission, any accompanying plans, Environmental Statement Addendum, Non-Technical Summary Addendum, original Environmental Statement, original Non-Technical Summary and other documents submitted with the application at: County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP, during office hours, or online at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning using the above application reference. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

Members of the public may obtain copies of the Environmental Statement Addendum, and Non-Technical Summary Addendum at a charge of £5 for paper copies, so long as stocks last from Wildmoor Quarry Site Office, Sandy Lane, Wildmoor, Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0QR, email: liam@keddltd.co.uk. A copy of the original Environmental Statement and original Non-Technical Summary are also available at a charge of £50 for paper copies, or on USB memory stick for £5. A paper copy of the original Non-Technical Summary is available for £5. The Environmental Statement Regulation 25 Addendums are available for an additional cost of £10 for paper copies or on USB memory stick for £5, so long as stocks last.

If you wish to submit comments on the above planning application you can do so online using the link above or you can send them to us by email (DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk)  or post to the address given below.  Please ensure we receive your comments before 24 January 2024 and state whether you would wish to address the Planning & Regulatory Committee if given the opportunity.

Steven Aldridge
Development Management Team Manager
Worcestershire County Council
County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

Street Watch: Join the scheme today

Would you like to help keep your community safe, get some exercise, and meet new people?

West Mercia Police are looking for more volunteers to join our Fairfield Street Watch scheme.

As a Street Watch volunteer, you will walk your local streets in groups and provide reassurance and engagement with local issues that matter most. While you will have no police powers, you will work directly with local policing teams to report any issues noticed during your walks.

Becoming a Street Watch Volunteer is a fantastic way to help keep your community safe, to meet new people in our community who share the same values, to improve community engagement with the police, and to keep fit and healthy.

If you’re also interested in becoming a Street Watch member you can learn more by clickinghere.

Or email the team directly: citizensinpolicing@westmercia.police.uk.

Planning Application – Croppings Green Wood Stables, Warbage Lane

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.

  • Click on the link above
  • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
    Access.
  • When at the summary page
  • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
    the .
  • To make a comment click on the tab,
  • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
    relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
  • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.
APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/01256/CUPRIO
APPLICATION TYPE:COU Prior Approval
DATE ACCEPTED:30.11.2023
LOCATION:Croppings Green Wood Stables, Warbage Lane Dodford Worcestershire DY9 0AN
PROPOSAL:Change of use of Agricultural Building to 1 dwelling.
APPLICANTS NAME:
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Charlotte Wood
TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext 3412
EMAILCharlotte.Wood@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Share the road: cyclist and pedestrian safety awareness for drivers

UK roads are governed by the Highway Code. This extensive list of rules ensures the safety of every road user, not just drivers. The code is constantly being revised and updated, which is why it’s vital for all drivers – regardless of how much experience they have – to stay abreast of the latest rules. It’s important that everyone plays their part in keeping our roads a safe place for all, and this starts with educating ourselves about the rules of the road. 

This informative guide produced by Compare the Market is a great resource to refer to for anyone looking to understand more about how we can interact with each other more safely on the streets. It includes practical advice on how drivers can be more considerate to horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as outlining the latest rules around the hierarchy of road users. According to 2020 data, more than 4,000 cyclists were seriously injured on UK roads. Minimising this number by following recommended safety advice is important to helping everyone to feel safer whether you’re getting behind the wheel or on the saddle. 

Whenever we take to the roads, we’re not only responsible for our own safety, but also for that of anyone we share the space with. By following government guidelines and adopting good driving habits, motorists can play their part in reducing the number of road collisions and injuries we see each year.

Source: https://www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance/content/cyclist-pedestrian-safety-awareness-for-drivers/

Courier Fraud Offences… Beware!

Project Prospero is West Mercia Police’s response to courier fraud which has been ongoing for a number of years. 

Typically, criminals carry out Courier Fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer, government officials, HMRC, bank official etc…. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details. Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash, purchase an expensive item, provide their bank cards/details or transfer money. A ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash or items, on behalf of the police or bank. Sometimes the victim may be persuaded to transfer a large sum of money to a “safe account” rather than a courier attending.  Once the money is handed over or transferred it will be gone and the victim will never see it again.

This video from West Midlands Regional Cyber Crimes Unit explains it in more detail:

Courier Fraud – “Your debit/credit card is YOURS!” – YouTube

This video is an example of how it can work (there are other MOs):

Courier Fraud – 89 year old victim speaks out – YouTube

Sadly Operation Prospero offences are happening again with multiple offences reported across the force recently.  An elderly lady in Shropshire lost £40,000 in one of these crimes, whilst only yesterday there was an attempt in Shifnal.  These criminals are likely operating within Telford now and you need to know how to respond. 

This crime type effects all members of society, but tends to be elderly and vulnerable people who fall foul of the criminals, often losing tens of thousands of pounds (as above).  It is hugely underreported with victims (and their families) often blaming themselves or hiding that it has happened from family members.  In many of these cases, criminals are pretending to be police officers, so victims may not have confidence in the police and as officers assisting them we need to give them the best service possible.

Please make family, friends and neighbours are aware so that they do not become a victim.

Why is it called “Courier Fraud”?
The ‘courier’ part of courier fraud is there because scammers will send someone round to collect the ‘evidence’ – usually cash or bank cards complete with PIN numbers – or in some cases actually pick the victims up and take them to a bank, jewellers, or currency exchange to withdraw cash, or buy expensive items to use as collateral in the investigation. The closure of many local Banks has made it easier for criminals to use less secure outlets where their victims can withdraw cash.
So, imagine going about your usual day when your phone rings. You answer it – it’s the Police!
You are told that there’s been fraudulent activity on your bank account, and they need you to help in an investigation to get it sorted. They already have your name and address, but ask you to confirm your identity with your bank details and PIN.

You panic – this sounds serious.
They then ask you to withdraw a substantial sum of cash to use as evidence in the case, but not to tell anyone you’re helping them, as this could jeopardise the investigation and you could be arrested. They send a courier over to pick up the money, and your bank card, all of which you’ll get back as soon as the investigation is finished.  
In other cases, they may ask the victim to buy high value items such as jewellery or watches “to help in their investigations” 
But of course, You never hear from them again. You never get that money back, and this is how Courier Fraud happens.

How can you help? 

If you know what to look out for, you can help protect not only yourself, but also those you care about.
Possible signs that could show someone might be a victim.
• Are they suddenly receiving more phone calls than usual, and not wanting to be overheard?
• Do they seem anxious or withdrawn?
• Are they suddenly more concerned or secretive about their finances than usual?
• If you have access to their bank accounts, are there unusual unexplained high-value withdrawals or purchases?
• Are they experiencing sudden money issues out of the blue? 
• Have you noticed unusual visitors to your vulnerable neighbours?


Nationally, total losses to Courier Frauds exceeds £12 million and average personal losses are in excess of £4,000 with some individuals losing much higher figures.


So stay in control
If something feels wrong, then it’s usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Neither your Bank nor the Police will ever call you and ask for your PIN, or get you to hand over your Credit Card to a courier.

Take Five To Stop Fraud

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. 
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. 
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
• Avoid disclosing security details
• Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
• Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number 
• Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
• Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to report@phishing.gov.uk.

How to avoid loan fraud

When it comes to looking after your personal safety and that of those in your local neighbourhood, it isn’t just physical threats we need to be aware of. With the rise in technology and the growing sophistication of opportunistic scammers, it’s important to have a conversation about how to protect your money.

One of the most prevalent financial scams is loan fraud. This is where criminals manipulate the loan process for their own gain, to either persuade victims to part with their money or steal personal information to take out a loan in your name. Unfortunately, there are certain groups that are naturally more vulnerable to falling victim to crimes of this nature. The elderly are particularly at risk, either due to their personal circumstances or a lack of understanding of modern-day scamming techniques.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of information out there to help everyone guard against these malicious crimes. Comparethemarket has produced this handy guide to loan fraud. It contains actionable advice on how to protect yourself from falling victim, information on how to recover after being targeted, and details of the legitimate loan process, so you know what to look out for if you’re ever suspicious.

By sharing this information with members of your local community, you’ll be playing your part in helping to keep everyone safe from the dangers of loan fraud and other financial scams. This guide presents all the necessary information in a way that’s accessible to everyone, so use it as a starting point to inform yourself and your community.

Source: https://www.comparethemarket.com/loans/content/avoiding-loan-fraud/

Licenced Pedlars

On Thursday 9th November, we reported a suspected unlicenced doorstep pedlar in the community, the person claiming to be part of rehabilitation scheme, his behaviour, mannerism and value of goods he was trying to sell aligned with what is commonly known as a Nottingham Knocker, i.e. https://www.westmercia.police.uk/news/west-mercia/news/2022/october/beware-of-nottingham-knockers-selling-items-door-to-door

Until last Friday (10th November), we were under the impression that West Mercia Police did not issue pedlar licences, and we have previously been encouraged to report visits by people claiming to be licenced pedlars.  We now understand from our Safer Neighbourhood Team that the person of interest was genuine, and he had a Pedlar’s Licence signed off by West Mercia Police.

To enable residents to identify between a genuine licenced pedlar and someone who is not, and to give the community peace of mind, we have obtained a copy of a Pedlar’s Licence, see below.  This will, hopefully, enable residents to make an informed decision as to whether they wish to assist someone, e.g. someone who is on a programme.

Should you receive a visit from an unlicenced pedlar, please continue to report to the police, and if the individual is licenced, do not be pressurised into buying any items.

Community Falls Silent at Service of Remembrance

A well attended Service of Remembrance this morning, which was held inside the Village Hall.

Wreaths were laid by the Parish Council (Cllr. Gibbs), Community Association (by a child, Miss Jessie Gibson), West Mercia Police (PCSO Cadwallader), Fairfield Women’s Institute (Mrs. Cotterill) & Fairfield First School (child & headteacher, Mr. Scott Smith).

Following the service, members of the community enjoyed refreshments.

The collection raised £134.30, which will be donated to the Royal British Legion

Thanks to all volunteers involved with the service and serving refreshments.

Litter Picks to Continue

Thanks to Keith & Carol, who have volunteered to coordinate litter picks, our Community Litter Picks will continue in 2024.

A deputy is needed for when Keith & Carol are on holiday. Can someone help with this?

The next Community Litter Pick will be on Saturday 13th January 10.30am.

Cold Mornings

Although vehicle crime is low across West Mercia, every winter the force receives a number of reports from drivers who have had their cars stolen after leaving the engine running, while they wait in the warmth of their home for it to heat up and defrost the windscreen.

Some vehicle owners nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of their breakfast coffee – but that’s all the time an opportunist thief needs. To ‘freeze out’ the thieves, West Mercia Police advises motorists to:

• Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper

• Sit in vehicles while the heater de-mists the windscreen

Drivers who ignore this advice are taking big risks. Thieves will drive around residential areas looking for likely targets – when they spot a vehicle with its engine left running on a drive or outside a home, it’s there for the taking.

One person will be dropped off, gets into the target vehicle and simply drives away.

Many of the vehicles are never recovered, and some – especially high value models such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi – may be shipped overseas.

It is also worth remembering if your car is stolen when keys have been left in it, you may find your insurance will not cover you. If your house keys are stolen along with your car, your home is then vulnerable too.

So, this winter, don’t give criminals an easy ride by leaving your car running unattended.

Monthly Litter Picks To Stop

As nobody has come forward to coordinate our Community Litter Picks, and with dwindling volunteers, the last outing for the Fairfield Wombles will be on Saturday (11th November) 10.30am, meet outside the Village Hall.

Everyone is welcome to give our community one last Fight The Grot, it’s only one hour of your time.

It is disappointing, after 7 1/2 years, that litter picking is coming to an end, but we have been struggling for far too long with lack of support, with 3 to 6 volunteers, or is it that people living in the community are content with how it once was, with litter along our roads & open spaces and in our ditches.

Community Meeting: Wildmoor Quarry Expansion

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday evening’s Community Meeting (1st November), we hope you found the information informative.  

The village website’s STOP THE QUARRY webpage has been updated, and now includes a copy of the slides, please make sure your neighbours are aware of what could be happening, and start thinking of your consultation response.

Once the planning application has been published we will make the community aware via our online communication channels.

http://fvca.org.uk/stop-the-quarry/

At the meeting, Residents enquired about the Parish Council and whether the Council will reaffirm its 2018 decision (which is not legally binding) to not sell or permit mineral extraction on Parish Council owned land, something that FVCA has asked for, so far this request has been declined.
 
An extract from the 2018 minutes is below.  The approved motion is not legally binding and can be revisited after a period of time, i.e. now.
 
If you want the Parish Council to reaffirm it 2018 decision, please lobby the Parish Council by emailing the Parish Clerk belbroughtonpc@live.co.uk


Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish CouncilMinutes 3rd September2018
244/18 Emerging Minerals Local Plan (4th County Council call for sites)

Council considered the proposals from the owner of Wildmoor Quarry for inclusion of parish council land in order to extend minerals extraction in the locality which had been presented to council in July 2018 and, local quarrying in general and the effects on the local community.

A motion was proposed: ‘’This council refuses to give its consent to quarrying of its land located near to Wildmoor quarry, without any further consideration of the financial and environmental implications of this decision.”

The motion was approved by seven votes in favour and one vote against.The Council further agreed that no further action would be taken on the matter.

Planning Application – 1 – 2 Money Lane Cottage, Money Lane

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APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/01146/HHPRIO
APPLICATION TYPE:Householder Prior Notification
DATE ACCEPTED:26.10.2023
LOCATION:1 – 2 Money Lane Cottage, Money Lane Chadwich Worcestershire B61 0QY
PROPOSAL:Single storey rear extension off rear elevation
APPLICANTS NAME:
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Chad Perkins
TELEPHONE:01527 881257
EMAILchad.perkins@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

What You Can Do: A Guide to Protecting Your Home From Floods

      Flooding is becoming a real issue in the UK, and not just in coastal areas. No longer a rare occurrence, climate change is making flooding a problem for many, including homeowners who never previously needed to consider it. Therefore, it’s important to understand whether your property is at risk of flooding, as well as what you can do to reduce the impact if the worst does happen.

      This expert guide to flooding from Comparethemarket explains everything you need to know about contents and home insurance for flood damage, as well as sharing actionable advice to protect your property. For example, you may have considered stocking up on sandbags and pallets to protect your furniture, but have you looked at installing one-way valves that stop sewage coming back up your pipes in the event of a flood? Is your garden landscaped in such a way that it diverts water away from your property? Have you raised electric sockets so that they might be able to stay out of the water?

      If not, then read this guide and get some top tips that can help protect your home. This is especially important as we head into the winter months, where the risk of flooding is greater due to winter storms. You’ll be glad that you’ve implemented these changes if water levels do rise – you can feel secure, knowing that you’ve done what you can to protect your house.

      Source:

      https://www.comparethemarket.com/home-insurance/content/i-live-in-a-high-risk-flood-area-will-this-impact-my-home-insurance/

      Pinches Quarry – Further Consultation

      Further Information (Regulation 25) – Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste at Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor – Ref: 19/000056/CM

      Re-Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
      Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended)

      Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

      Submission of Further Information in respect of the Environmental Statement relating to the following planning application

      Application Ref:    19/000056/CM         Grid Ref:   (E) 396794 (N) 275686

      Applicant:             Mr Timmins

      Proposal:              Extraction of sand and gravel and subsequent infilling with inert waste to achieve full restoration 

      Location:              Pinches (4) Quarry, Wildmoor Lane, Wildmoor, Bromsgrove, B61 0QN

      On 7 January 2020, Mr Timmins applied to Worcestershire County Council for planning permission for the above proposal. The County Council sought comments on this planning application from 29 January 2020 until 4 March 2020, from 21 April 2021 until 2 June 2021 and from 4 May 2022 until 8 June 2022.

      Following the consideration of the comments that were received on the application and Environmental Statement, the Mineral Planning Authority wrote to the applicant on 9 August 2022, 16 August 2022 and 23 January 2023 requesting further information in respect of the Environmental Statement. On 26 May 2023, 20 June 2023 and 15 September 2023, the applicant wrote to Worcestershire County Council submitting further information in relation to the Environmental Statement regarding a minor amendment to the red line boundary and a number of matters, including: access and highways, landscape and visual amenity, ecology and climate change. The County Council are now seeking comments on this further information.

      The further information, together with the planning application, the plans, the Environmental Statement, Non-Technical Summary and relevant documents are available to view on www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning using application reference: 19/000056/CM. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

      Please email your comments to devcontrolteam@worcestershire.gov.uk

      I would be grateful for any comments you may have on the above application by 22 November 2023. If this is not possible please let me know. If you have already commented on this application, and if I do not hear from you by this date I will assume your comments remain unchanged.

      Please note that all correspondence regarding any planning application will be available for inspection by the applicant and any interested third parties.

      Marta Dziudzi-Moseley (she/her)
      Principal Planner – Development Management
      Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure
      Worcestershire County Council
      County Hall, Spetchley Road

      Fairfield Village Clock Restored

      Smith of Derby Clockmakers Proudly Restores Copper Dial for St. Mark’s Church, Fairfield

      Smith of Derby is pleased to announce the successful restoration of the copper dial at St. Mark’s Church in Fairfield. The project was led by our Complex Projects Manager, Martin Butchers, who oversaw the refurbishment.

      During the initial inspection we discovered that the copper dial had been dislodged by the wind. Traditional wooden plugs and slotted screws were found to have been used originally to attach the dial to the wall, and with weathering over many years these had become loose.

      The restoration process involved: a faithful restoration of the dial to its original black colour, with gold leaf and hands; the provision and installation of one of our clock movements, replacing the previous one; and significant improvement to the attachment method of the dial to St. Mark’s Church, ensuring the dial’s stability and safeguarding it against future dislodgment. In response to the desire of the Church’s representatives to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III, as well as the life of service given by our late Queen, Elizabeth II, the Royal cyphers of both monarchs have been painted onto the dial.

      “We take great pride in the work we do at Smith of Derby and it has been a privilege to work on the dial at St Mark’s Church” said Martin Butchers. “This project ensures the dial’s longevity and functionality for the future.”

      For further information about this project or interviews, please contact us at enquiries@smithofderby.com

      About Smith of Derby Clockmakers:

      Smith of Derby specialises in the restoration and preservation of historic timepieces. Founded in 1856, our team of horologists is dedicated to safeguarding iconic clocks around the UK and the world.

      About the Fairfield Clock

      The clock was first installed in 1953, in the coronation year of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the present reinstallation in the year of His Majesty’s Coronation.  To mark these historical events Royal cyphers have been added to the restored clock.

      The restoration work was required as the clock had stopped working and had fallen from its position at the west end of the church.

      Often incorrectly assumed to be the Church’s Clock, it is a Public Clock that, like in many communities across the country, is attached to the tallest building, which at the time was often a church.

      According to a Bromsgrove Messenger report in 1953 “The Coronation Committee decided that a clock costing £10 be put in the wall of the Church where all could see it”.  A plaque attached to the wall below the clock (below) reads “The clock in this church was installed by the people of Fairfield and District to commemorate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II June 2nd 1953”.

      The cost of the clock refurbishment is over £8000 and has partly been funded by Mrs. Margaret Must in memory of her husband, Chris, however, more money is needed to pay the balance of the refurbishment bill. (above photo, Mrs. Must with Rev. Canon Wyn Beynon at the service of rededication)

      Wyn Beynon, Priest in Charge at St. Mark’s, said  “The clock face looking out on to the village is a shared community asset. It may be on the church building, but it was put there by the village for everyone, and indeed was originally paid for by public subscription. We hope you will appreciate the skill of the makers, and those who have beautifully restored the face. It has still got an electric mechanism (it was never clockwork) and this new one is exactly the same type as is installed in clocks in Middle Eastern deserts and Siberian snows… but we hope it’s up to British weather! If you are interested in contributing to the cost – please contact one of the church members or me at bfcoffice@btconnect.com”.

      Pilates Starting 15 October

      Pilates at Fairfield Village Hall with Dance With Nikki

      Starting Sunday 15th October 10am to 10.45 am followed by a 15 minute social, this activity is being supported by Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Our Community Can project

      See below poster for details.

      National Recognition For Fairfield Village Community Association

      Earlier this year, Fairfield Village Community Association was nominated for the 2023 Neighbourhood Watch Network National Volunteer Recognition Awards for the category COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

      This category celebrates Neighbourhood Watch groups and Coordinators who have gone the extra mile to look out for the needs of their neighbours and neighbourhood.

      On the 1st of September, the Community Association was notified that Neighbourhood Watch had received over 270 nominations and, after being shortlisted, judges had decided that our Community Association is a winner.

      This is a huge achievement for our community. Congratulation to all our amazing volunteers and supporters for being part of our success, without you, none of our initiatives could be delivered that helps to enhance community cohesion, reduce loneliness & social isolation, and improve our environment.  So, whether you are a litter picker, tree planter, look after the flower beds, deliver newsletters, serve behind the bar, help with marketing, coordinate one of our initiatives, report suspicious activity or attend one of activities, thank you.

      Our thanks also to the trustees of Fairfield Village Hall for use of our community building that allows community events to take place, and to all our partners.

      The awards ceremony is being held at The Wellcome Collection in London on Wednesday 20th September.  Alan & Sarah Gormley will receive this award on behalf of our community.

      Planning Application – Bluebell Barn, Dordale Road

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      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00998/CUPRIO
      APPLICATION TYPE:COU Prior Approval
      DATE ACCEPTED:05.09.2023
      LOCATION:Bluebell Barn, Dordale Road Bournheath Worcestershire DY9 0AJ
      PROPOSAL:Change of use of agricultural buildings and land within its curtilage to 5 No. dwellings (Class C3)
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Emily Darby
      TELEPHONE:01527 881657
      EMAILemily.darby@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Planning Application – The Nurseries, Dordale Road

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      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00974/S73
      APPLICATION TYPE:Section 73 Application
      DATE ACCEPTED:30.08.2023
      LOCATION:The Nurseries , Dordale Road Bournheath Worcestershire B61 9JX
      PROPOSAL:Removal of condition 1 of Planning Permission granted under Planning Application Reference: BR/51/69 dated 25/02/1969
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Claire Gilbert
      TELEPHONE:01527 881655
      EMAILclaire.gilbert@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Planning Application – Land Adjoining 39 Parish Hill

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      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00977/PIP
      APPLICATION TYPE:Permission in Principle
      DATE ACCEPTED:30.08.2023
      LOCATION:Land Adjoining 39 Parish Hill, Bournheath Worcestershire B61 9JH 
      PROPOSAL:Residential development of up to 2 dwellings.
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Bournheath Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Charlotte Wood
      TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext 3412
      EMAILCharlotte.Wood@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Save Money & Juice Your Apples

      It is that time of year again, over the next couple of months, the trees in our gardens will be laden with fruit, but what can you do with your excess apples (& pears)?

      Why not juice them?

      Do you have some apples with which you would like to make apple juice or cider?

      A villager has offered to scrat and to press apples in return for a contribution to Fairfield Village Community Association. If you are interested please call Robert on 07793 307500 to arrange a mutually convenient time when you can have your apples pressed.

      The Association needs financial support so please take up Robert’s offer and help the Community Association. Thank you

      A search online suggests that it costs at least 60p a litre to have someone squeeze your apples and put the juice in your containers.

      Planning Application – 97 Stourbridge Road

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      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00698/CPL
      APPLICATION TYPE:Certificate Proposed Lawful Use/Dev
      DATE ACCEPTED:22.06.2023
      LOCATION:97 Stourbridge Road, Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LY 
      PROPOSAL:Rear dormer loft extension
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Jane Fray
      TELEPHONE:01527 881263
      EMAILjane.fray@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Planning Application – Hill Crest, Dordale Road

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      APPLICATION REFERENCE : 23/00588/FUL
      APPLICATION TYPE: Full Application
      DATE ACCEPTED: 10.08.2023
      LOCATION: Hill Crest , Dordale Road Bournheath Worcestershire B61 9JT
      PROPOSAL: Repositioning of approved dwelling house on site
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL: Belbroughton Parish
      WARD: Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER: Charlotte Wood
      TELEPHONE: 01527 64252 Ext 3412
      EMAIL Charlotte.Wood@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Our Community Can – Activity Taster Day

      Thank you to everyone who responded to the Activity Taster Day consultation, in total, there were 48 responses.

      The suggested activities that scored the highest votes, we have tried to organise a taster session with an instructor. The below image details the activities that will be taking place on the 3rd September.

      The sessions are open to EVERYONE, you do not have to live in Fairfield, Wildmoor or Stoneybridge.

      Our thanks to Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire for organising this day for you.

      You can attend the whole day, or for a session or two. You could just pop along for the HOMEMADE CAKES.

      At the end of the Taster Day, YOU will decide which activity or activities should continue and when.

      In addition to providing activity suggestions, some people used the consultation to leave comments, to prove that we do read your comments, we have provided some responses, please do get in touch, and help us deliver the solution:

      “More distribution locally of flyers detailing whatsoever. Too many people do not know about Fairfield Village Hall events.” 

      As community events & village hall activities are mentioned in the FVCA newsletter, which is delivered to approximately 380 homes in our community every quarter, what additional information would you like to see in the event flyer?  Is it a reminder flyer, and how often should it be delivered?  If additional flyers are to be printed & distributed, we would need to recruit more volunteers.

      “Daytime Activities cannot be attending by a lot of people who work. Looking at photos that appear on facebook etc. it would appear that most of the people who attend are retired.”

      Every evening at the Village Hall activities take place, as well as increasing number of Wednesday afternoon activities.  We also have cover bands & some of the region’s best indie artists perform at our village hall every month on a Saturday night, movies on a Sunday evening, plus event cinema, with screenings on the same day & time as the major UK cinema chains.  It is true, most of the people that we attract are either Over 50 who live locally or young adults (25 to 35 yrs) that live outside our area.  To increase the number of local 25- to 45-year-olds is something that we can encourage and would like, perhaps if local younger adults could get involved, others will also join in.  If there is an activity that you would like to see that would attract young adults, please suggest and help organize. Facebook does not show photographs for all activities that take place, and the people attending.  Some activities are delivered by third party organisations.

      “We need extra social gathering for the elderly as there are none in Fairfield on a daily basis.”

      We would love to have more activities for all age groups, but venues are limited.  We are hoping that the Taster Day will help us identify more than one additional activity that we could deliver in our community, hopefully reaching out to all age groups.  Please pop along to The Wednesday Social, and encourage other older people to do the same, tell us what you want (we note you not did tick any of the boxes) and what you will support. 

      Heritage Open Days

      As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days, St. Mark’s will be opening its doors & hosting a musical performance, and in the village hall a film charting the history of Bromsgrove will be screened. In neighbouring Dodford, there with be guided tours of the Charterist Cottage, Rosedene.

      Saturday 9th September

      St. Mark’s will be open from 9.30am, and there will be a special performance at 10am by the Roaming Villeins, something not to be missed.  

      Sunday 10th September

      St. Mark’s will once again be open for two hours from 3pm, and at 5pm there will be a special screening of “Looking Back At Bromsgrove” in the village hall. 

      The film explores the origins of the town and follows its growth from a thriving medieval market centre, an important stage coaching town, the nail-making capital of Britain, to the bustling residential town of today.

      The town’s more recent past is brought to life with stories from the archives of Berrows Journal and the Bromsgrove Messenger, which provide a unique commentary on local events – as they actually happened – and a rare insight into the everyday lives of local people in times gone by.

      The film contains a wonderful collection of old photographs, a unique map of 18th century Bromsgrove, archive film, and up to date footage. This entertaining journey through time is produced by Britain on Film.  Admission to the see the film is free, as seating limited, booking is advisable to avoid disappointment  https://bromsgrovearts.org.uk

      Guided Tour of Rosedene

      Rosedene, Victoria Road, Dodford, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9BU

      Join a guided tour of Rosedene, a mid 19th-century Chartist cottage in Worcestershire.

      Born out of social injustice, Rosedene is a peaceful symbol of working class political and social aspirations. The cottage and its four-acre plot are the only surviving example of the Chartist dream of land ownership and therefore the vote for men.

      Discover the history of Rosedene and the stories of the people that lived there on a tour with a knowledgeable guide. Tours last for one hour and take visitors around the cottage, followed by a gentle stroll around the garden and orchard with one of Rosedene’s gardeners.


      Event Times
      Friday 8 September: Tour 1400
      Sunday 10 September: Tour 1100 & 1300
      Wednesday 13 September: Tour 1100 & 1300
      Friday 15 September: Tour 1100 & 1300
      Sunday 17 September: Tour 1100 & 1300

      To book a place on one of the tours CLICK HERE

      Introducing the “8 Hills” Regional Park

      The National Trust is working on proposals for the creation of a 12,000 hectare (47 square mile) ‘regional park’, centred along the 8 Hills between Clent and Weatheroak in North Worcestershire.

      Bromsgrove District Council are being encouraged, by heritage & wildlife groups, and other stakeholders, including Fairfield Village Community Association, to include 8 Hills in their local plan, which is currently being reviewed. BDC are now actively considering 8 Hills for inclusion and are engaged in the development of a spatial framework looking at opportunities.

      The overall vision for the 8 Hills Regional Park is to improve access to the countryside for local communities, create additional income opportunities for farmers, and improve wildlife corridors and heritage features.  The regional park would help to ensure that any development doesn’t reduce or cut off access to the countryside for local communities.

      Interested in learning more about 8 Hills Regional Park?  Please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/8-hills

      8 Hills Regional Park survey

      The National Trust is exploring the creation of a new regional park within Bromsgrove, creating more spaces for wildlife and for you to enjoy, for background see our article Introducing the “8 Hills” Regional Park

      They would like to hear your views on projects for people and nature in the regional park, and how getting around the area could be improved.

      They are inviting you to share your views at Lickey Hills Country Park on Friday 11th August, 12 noon – 5 pm, and at The Beaches event, Kings Norton on Saturday 12th August, 10 am – 4 pm to capture your comments and ideas. Please come and visit their stand.

      Too busy to attend? You can have your say by completing an online survey and interactive map. You can find this here 8 Hills Regional Park Spatial Framework Consultation (8-hills-regional-park-spatial-framework.co.uk). It will be available until Monday 4th September.

      Want to know more about the 8 Hills Regional Park? You can find out more about National Trust’s ideas at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/8-hills.

      Thank you for taking part.

      Planning Application – 34 Stourbridge Road

      The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
      link to take you to the home page of Public Access
      https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
      viewing applications and making comment electronically.


      • Click on the link above
      • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
      Access.
      • When at the summary page
      • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
      the .
      • To make a comment click on the tab,
      • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
      relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
      • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00820/FUL
      APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
      DATE ACCEPTED:19.07.2023
      LOCATION:34 Stourbridge Road, Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LS 
      PROPOSAL:Proposed single storey wraparound extension, hip to gable extension, loft conversion, internal alterations and all associated works.
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Nina Chana
      TELEPHONE:01527 548241
      EMAILnina.chana@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Planning Application – Dordale Green Cottage, Dordale Road

      The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
      link to take you to the home page of Public Access
      https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
      viewing applications and making comment electronically.


      • Click on the link above
      • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
      Access.
      • When at the summary page
      • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
      the .
      • To make a comment click on the tab,
      • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
      relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
      • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00716/CPL
      APPLICATION TYPE:Certificate Proposed Lawful Use/Dev
      DATE ACCEPTED:27.06.2023
      LOCATION:Dordale Green Cottage , Dordale Road Bournheath Worcestershire DY9 0BA
      PROPOSAL:Proposed outbuilding for use ancillary to the residential enjoyment of the main dwelling and associated extended permeable driveway (Revised proposal to application reference: 23/00076/CPL.
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Nina Chana
      TELEPHONE:01527 548241
      EMAILnina.chana@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Planning Application – 97 Stourbridge Road

      The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
      link to take you to the home page of Public Access
      https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
      viewing applications and making comment electronically.


      • Click on the link above
      • Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
      Access.
      • When at the summary page
      • To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
      the .
      • To make a comment click on the tab,
      • Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
      relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
      • If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

      APPLICATION REFERENCE :23/00699/FUL
      APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
      DATE ACCEPTED:22.06.2023
      LOCATION:97 Stourbridge Road, Fairfield Worcestershire B61 9LY 
      PROPOSAL:Demolition of existing conservatory and construction of single storey rear extension and alteration to ground floor side window.
      APPLICANTS NAME:
      PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
      WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
      CASE OFFICER:Nina Chana
      TELEPHONE:01527 548241
      EMAILnina.chana@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

      Our Community Can – Activity Day

      We have been approached by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire to help fund and deliver a new activity in our village hall.

      The chosen activity will be for all adult age groups.

      The plan is to hold a FREE taster day at Fairfield Village Hall on the 3rd September 2023 to try out a variety of different activities to see what we all like.

      We would appreciate your feedback in our online survey. All responses will remain confidential and secure. Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. Your input will be used to ensure that we continue to meet your needs. We appreciate your trust and look forward to serving you in the future.

      We have contracted with QuestionPro, an independent research firm, to field your confidential survey responses. Please click on this link to complete the survey: https://questionpro.com/t/APKtTZzBCp

      Please contact admin@fvca.org.uk with any questions.

      Protecting your smart devices this summer

      For many of us, today’s home is a very convenient and smart place to live, with more and more devices responding to a tap in an app or the sound of your voice. 
       

      However, every device that’s connected to your Wi-Fi is also transmitting data which could be of interest to criminals, not least your speakers, voice assistants, cameras, intruder alarms, cameras, door locks and security lighting.  To find out how to protect your smart devices, read the Get Safe Online advice in the link below:

      https://www.getsafeonline.org/smartdevices/