(Item 6) Taking the Year (2015) in Review in Wednesfield North

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Planning – In the early part of the year I had asked the Planning enforcement officer to keep an eye on the growth of a hedge shielding the allotments from Linthouse Lane. The Hedge grows wild and in the dark nights the twigs rake pedestrian’s faces causing scratches and taking spectacles off. I  also dealt with issues relating to tree preservation orders. Also there had been a number of requests made to Walsall by residents to trim trees that are in the ownership of Walsall but affect properties in Snape and Simmons Road.

  • In April I raised the poor condition of the fence in Chilworth Avenue which protects the public from land and the Wyrley & Essington canal. Sadly despite many attempts to get this matter resolved, to this date it hasn’t been. The latest response I have had states “we still have no traceable owner; we are working on it however and I will update you as soon as I can. In reality we need someone we can prosecute rather than putting a charge on the land”. For me this is a planning issue that is far from over.
  • Also in April Hodson Close – restrictions on cycles and motorcycles in the shape of barriers and Bollards constructed
  • April – I also wrote to Wolverhampton Homes about vacant land in Barnard road. Only to find that the land is not in public ownership but has been sold to a Care Home company in 2006. I requested that the fence be made safe and the land be tidied up- The private owners complied with the request.
  • June – Controversy raised its head when the owners of the land in which the Ashmore Inn stands, applied to build a Co-operative Superstore, this has been opposed by some. But planning Committee has agreed to its construction. There are some issues outstanding I believe, but a new store looks likely to grace Ashmore Park this time next year.
  • July brought a new Fish & Chip shop to the Top Shops, there were few objections to the shop, and Planning gave the permissions.
  • October – An Archeological dig took place at the site of the former Danesmore School with a view to locating a tramway that moved coal in the 1800’s. The desk-based assessment identified a late 19th century tramway that linked the pits of the Ashmore Park Collieries with the Wyrley and Essington Canal, extant until the mid-20th century, and possibly surviving as a buried structure within the site. This former tramway does not form a major constraint upon any future development but since collieries and their associated tramways form a significant component of the historic character of Wolverhampton and the Black Country it is recommended that an archaeological evaluation is conducted to confirm the presence/absence, nature, date, and extent of any archaeological features, structures and deposits on the site.

Here below in table form is a list of Planning Permissions sought during last year and this year…

Land adjacent to 163 Linthouse Lane (1 house – completed)
Former Garage Site To Rear Of 19 And 21 Phillips Avenue * (4 bungalows – full permission) AM
Garage site to rear of 2 to 6 Wolmer Road * (1 dwelling – outline permission)
Garage Site to rear of 30 to 36 Bargery Road * (1 bungalow – outline permission)
Linthouse Inn, Linthouse Lane (12 houses – completed) AM
Land Adjacent To 5 Parker Road * (1 house – completed) AM
82 Lower Prestwood Road  (2 bedsits – completed)


  • December – Additionally there is an application into buy the former Community Association building in Griffith Drive, as at time of writing this- The sale has not been completed, and the owners are not going public.
  • December The Former Library on the other hand has been leased to an organisation that plans to convert it into a private Nursery School.

If you do have any Planning issues your Councillors hold regular Advice Surgeries and you are invited to attend……

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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