We’ve had some more coverage of our concerns about the proposed redevelopment of Edwin Richards Quarry, this time in Halesowen News. Although we did not give any direct statements to the newspaper (all the quotes attributed to us are lifted directly from our objection letter) the article gives a good outline of our position regarding the proposals. We’ve never referred to ourselves as a ‘pressure group’ though – we like to think we’re a bit friendlier than that!
Our Vice Chair Mike Poulton recorded an interview which was broadcast on BBC WM this morning about our concerns regarding the proposed redevelopment of Edwin Richards Quarry. You can listen again on the iPlayer for the next 30 days – the main interview is 23 minutes 25 seconds in, and there is a recap and response from Sandwell Council 1 hour and 51 minutes in. Our concerns also get a mention in the news headlines at intervals throughout the programme.
The Friends of Rowley Hills has a number of concerns about the proposed redevelopments of Edwin Richards Quarry. We have outlined these fully in a letter, which was sent on the 20th July 2015 to:
Mr Adrian Bailey MP – West Bromwich West Constituency
Cllr Maria Crompton, Sandwell MBC – Environmental & Planning
Mr James Morris MP – Halesowen & Rowley Regis Constituency
The Rt. Hon Greg Clarke MP, Department for Committees & Local Government , its communities and local government
Please take the time to read the letter, available in the link below. We believe that many of the issues we have highlighted reflect the concerns of both local residents and anyone who is concerned about the impact of poorly-planned development projects upon our communities and wildlife-rich green spaces.
Another article has been published in the Express & Star regarding the proposed redevelopments of Edwin Richards Quarry in the Rowley Hills. Of particular concern is the amount of traffic that will pass through the local area for the duration of the work (up to 30 years), carrying thousands of tonnes of soil and other material; additionally the quarry site is of ecological and geological importance and also is part of the area’s industrial heritage.
If you would like to comment on the planning applications, you can still do so – click here for details of how to do so.
13th May 2015
This article in the Express & Star gives (somewhat one-sided) information about the proposed redevelopments of the old Edwin Richards Quarry. FCC Environment, who are leading the project, describe their plans for the site; the article does not take into account the views of residents or groups that may be opposed to the proposals.
The planning applications for these developments are still open and we encourage local residents and anyone else concerned about the future of this site to comment on them – details of how to do so can be found here. The location of the former quarry is visible on the map below between the two golf courses.
29th January 2015
FCC Environment, who operated the Edwin Richards Quarry located behind Turners Hill, have recently submitted three planning applications to Sandwell Council. These applications propose the following at the former quarry site:
- DC/14/57744 – A waste management facility
- DC/14/57743 – Replacement infilling of the quarry void
- DC/14/57745 – A development of up to 281 residental dwellings
Local residents and anyone concerned with the future of this site may be interested in submitting their comments on these applications to the council. You can do this here – enter the application number (from the list above) in the Application Reference box at the top of the page, and click on Search. Information from two public consultation exhibitions that were held in the local area regarding FCC’s plans for the site can also be viewed here. You can also view a Map of the proposed developments and read some Waste management background information. The location of the former quarry is visible on the map below between the two golf courses.