The plans are being recommended for approval (PDF) subject to conditions but local Conservative councillor for Bournville, Tim Huxtable, expressed concerns about the extra pressure on local roads from a predicted extra 300 cars during the rush hour.
In his response to the plans he argued for the need for a Park and Ride facility at Bournville Railway Station but had particular concerns about the pressures on local schools saying there is need for a new school given most local schools are already over-subscribed.
The Victorian Society said that the development fails to complement the scale and architectural details of the Bournville Village Conservation Area which borders the site.
The Grade B locally listed buildings on the site which will not be retained are identified as:
- M Block (sited north-west of West Lodge).
- J Block (to the rear of K Block).
- E Block (to the rear of K Block).
- the kitchen part of K Block
- Matrons House (between West Lodge and the Nursing School).
- Doctors Residence (near Willow Road).
- the later addition to Woodlands Nurses Home
14 individual letters of objection were received from surrounding householders along with 123 copies of a standard letter that residents put their name to. Some argued for less housing but the creation of high technology jobs instead to support long term job creation. They also called for more social and affordable housing.
The site has been empty since services were transferred to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2011.
The planning committee is due to meet at 11am in Committee Rooms 3 and 4 in the Council House, Birmingham.