Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Public meeting on the proposed redevelopment of the Meteor Ford site, Moseley


Members of the public will have an opportunity to see a presentation of the proposed redevelopment of the Meteor Ford site, Moseley – corner of St.Marys Row and Oxford Road. The presentation will be done by the owner and developer of the site, Simon Marsh of Exmax (Moseley) Limited.


The redevelopment is for a Tesco supermarket on the ground floor, 19 sheltered accommodation units on the first floor and a new medical centre on the second floor.


The presentation, along with a question and answer session, will be part of the Moseley and Kings Heath Ward Committee, 7pm Wednesday 14th January at Kings Heath Primary School, Valentine Road, Kings Heath.


Officers from the Council’s Planning Department will also attend the meeting and will be taking notes of comments made by members of the public. These comments will be considered in the planning report on this application.


The Planning Officers will explain the type of issues they can and cannot legally take into account in considering whether to recommend planning approval or refusal for the scheme.


The three Ward Councillors will be in attendance, although Cllr Ernie Hendricks will not be able to make any comments on this application, since he sits on the Planning Committee. If he was to express a view on this application prior to it being heard at Planning Committee, he would not be allowed to vote on the application. However, he is allowed to hear the views of members of the public.


Simon Marsh of Exmax (Moseley) Limited will be able to explain issues such as:


Why a food retail store has been included in the scheme

Why Tesco’s have been chosen as the occupant.

Why Waitrose or Marks and Spencer’s have not been chosen.

Why the proposed new doctors surgery is on the top floor and not as a three storey element at the rear of new building.


There will NOT be any representative at the meeting from the Primary Care Trust or the doctor’s surgery who will be moving into the new facility. The PCT will begin consulting with their patients about the proposed move next week and is expected to take two to three months.



Could I urge members of the public to treat Simon Marsh with courtesy? I accept that there is alot of angst about this proposed development. Equally, I hope we will acknowledge the bravery of Simon to face and discuss his proposed development with concerned residents – it is very rare that developers do this.


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