REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING
TO CABINET MEMBER FOR HOUSING : 19 FEBRUARY 2004
PROPOSED ALLOCATION OF LAND AT KELVIN ROAD TO THE
BROMFORD HOUSING GROUP FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDEVELOPMENT
SUBJECT AND BRIEF SUMMARY OF PROPOSALS
This report seeks approval to allocate and sell land at Kelvin Road to the
Bromford Housing Group for the purpose of providing infill housing as part of the wider
Turves Green ‘Smiths’ Redevelopment (see enclosed plan).
1. That approval be given to the allocation of land at Kelvin Road to the
Bromford Housing Group for the purpose of redevelopment.
2. That the Director of Economic Development be instructed to negotiate terms for the
disposal of the former garage site at Kelvin Road and the adjacent public open
space to the Bromford Housing Group for redevelopment purposes.
3. Approval be given to advertise the loss of public open space in accordance with
Section 123 (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972 and, in due course, dispose of
the site to the Bromford Housing Group for redevelopment purposes.
4. That the Chief Legal Officer be authorised to prepare, execute and complete all
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1.1 This site is adjacent to a major development of Smiths houses which is currently
being demolished and redeveloped by the Bromford Housing Group. Smiths
houses are prefabricated reinforced concrete (PRC) houses that were
constructed between 1950 and 1953. They are designated as defective under
Part 16 of the Housing Act 1985.
1.2 The redevelopment sites at Turves Green were allocated to the
Bromford Housing Group by the former Housing Advisory Team In
December 2000 and by the Directors of Housing and Economic Development in
consultation with the Cabinet Members for Housing and Regeneration in
1.3 As part of the consultation process an Estate Development Group has been
established and meets regularly. The Group, which includes local residents,
officers from the local housing team and ward Members, endorsed the house
plans and site layout of the new development and their comments and ideas
formed the basis of the planning application which was approved in 2001.
1.4 The site in question may be considered to represent unattractive ‘left over’ land of
limited value but which could accommodate 3 family houses as part of the wider
2. MATTERS FOR DECISION
2.1 That approval be given to allocate the site to the Bromford Housing Group and
that the Director of Economic Development be instructed to dispose of the site for
redevelopment purposes on terms to be agreed
2.2 Approval also be given to advertise the loss of public open space in accordance
with Section 123 (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972.
3. EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS
3.1 An open market sale would be possible but would only attract the attention of
small scale speculative builders. Little or no control could be exercised over
design, which might well be out of keeping with the surrounding development.
Costs associated with marketing the site would eat into a limited capital receipt.
3.2 Given the surrounding redevelopment being undertaken by Bromford, the logical
course of action is to include this land in the existing scheme.
3.3 The only other realistic option available would be to leave the site of the former
garages undeveloped. This would allow antisocial behaviour to continue on this
site which, in turn, would cause nuisance to the tenants of the
Bromford Housing Group’s new properties as well as the adjacent owner
occupiers whose properties back on to this site. An undeveloped site in this
condition would take away from the overall and significant improvements to this
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4. CABINET MEMBER CONSULTATION
4.1 Not applicable.
5. WHAT CONSULTATION (if any) HAS TAKEN PLACE
5.1 The Estate Development Group (EDG) favour proposals to redevelop. Resident
representatives on the EDG actually live on Kelvin Road and their views are
highly supportive of proposals being brought forward which would see a more
beneficial use of the current ‘dead’ land.
6. WHAT REPRESENTATIONS (IF ANY) HAVE BEEN RECEIVED E.G. IN
RESPONSE TO THE INCLUSION OF THIS DECISION IN THE FORWARD
6.1 Not applicable
7. LEGAL POWERS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR RESOURCES (INCLUDE
FINANCE, PEOPLE, PROPERTY AND IT CONSIDERATIONS)
7.1 A small capital receipt will be forthcoming from the sale of this land to the
Bromford Housing Group of which 50% will be used to redeem debt and 50%
directed to enhance the City’s overall resources.
8. IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY PRIORITIES
(A) Corporate Policy Priorities
8.1 The proposals will directly contribute to the flourishing neighbourhood priority and
“A health, caring and inclusive City”. It is anticipated that the vacant site will be
developed with modern high quality homes. The new homes will be built to
modern homes standards which improve the quality of life for their residents.
(B) Implications for Specific Issues
8.2 Environmental Implications
8.2.1 Any new accommodation will be built to a high specification and in a layout that
promotes better health, an enhanced and attractive environment, good
management of buildings and space between buildings.
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8.3 Implications for Women
8.3.1 Particular house designs and estate layout in accordance with Secure by Design
principles will be promoted in an attempt to reduce crime and the fear of crime,
thereby improving safety and the quality of life of all residents including women.
8.4 Implications for People With Disabilities
8.4.1 Adaptations will be made to housing layouts as required to accommodate people
with specific disabilities.
9. ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THIS REPORT CONSISTENT WITH ANY
APPROVED "POLICY FRAMEWORK" PLAN OR STRATEGY/OR THE
9.1 The proposals are consistent with Objective 3 of the Housing Strategy Statement,
“work to ensure that Birmingham is a place where people can afford and choose
to live, and that it has the housing required to support its economic and social
regeneration in the long term”.
10. REASON FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
10.1 The remainder of the defective Smiths estate was allocated to the
Bromford Housing Group in December 2000 and May 2001. The first phase of
the building programme has been completed and Phase 2 has now commenced.
10.2 The proposals will see a modest increase in the level of new housing provision to
meet identified need. Disposal to Bromford Housing Group is logically consistent
with The City Council’s approach to this redevelopment.
10.3 The proposals contained within the report support one of the key Cabinet
objectives of creating Flourishing Neighbourhoods.
10.4 The proposals will realise an unproductive asset and generate a capital receipt.
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Report to Housing Advisory Team – 6 December 2000 – Smiths Houses in Turves Green.
Joint Report of the Directors of Housing and Economic Development in consultation with
the Cabinet Members for Housing and Regeneration – May 2001 – Disposal of Further
Sites in the Turves Green Smiths Estate to the Bromford Housing Group.
Contact: Russell Knight
Development and Joint Ventures
Housing Maintenance and Investment Division
Tel: 303 4359
Delete from here onwards if not required.
My decision is to adopt the recommendation(s) set out in this report.
Proposed Allocation of Land at Kelvin Road to the
Bromford Housing Group for the Purpose of Redevelopment
CABINET MEMBER FOR HOUSING
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