‘We’ll drive around tooting a car horn’ if village green is approved in Sutton Coldfield

A new village green is being proposed on a grassy area of ​​Sutton Coldfield that was previously put forward as the site of a new road and 28 new bungalows for the elderly. Residents’ group Friends of the Green put forward the village green application after the community was ‘incensed’ at plans to build heavily on the green that is often used by dog ​​walkers, children and sports clubs.

“We have been working for just over three years to get a legal status protection on the green area at the center of Dugdale Crescent,” said Judy Lewin, vice chairman of Friends of the Green group. “It’s been used for decades, probably three generations of people who walk their dogs, ride their bikes, jog, play football, ride their horses, throw parties – there’s a croquet club that comes nearly every day – so it’s a really important facility.”

Under the Commons Act 2006, for an area to be considered a village green, the application site must be land that has been used “for no less than 20 years” by local residents for “lawful sports and pastimes”. If approved, it would protect the green’s recreational status and prohibit development.

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The group submitted their application for a village green in 2019 when the council announced a plan to build 28 two-bedroom bungalows on the grassy area in the middle of Dugdale Crescent.

Judy continued: “We had about 120 witness statements submitted by various members of the community, and we sent that in with other evidence to Birmingham City Council.”



Birmingham City Council was proposing to build on a third of the green space in the center of Dugdale Crescent angering local residents.

If the decision is approved by the Licensing and Public Protection Committee on Wednesday, March 9, Judy said residents would be “over the moon”. She added: “If we do get a yes, we are going to drive around in the evening tooting a car horn and have something informal, with another celebration a couple of days later.

It’s been a little bit quiet because of Covid but we’ve got plans for summer parties. I think people will just be really happy and really relieved. There are a lot of residents who have lived here for 70 years right when the houses were built, so having seen their kids and grandkids grow up in the area, they’ll be really happy.”

The plans were later put on hold.

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