Gallagher’s Really ARE Planning 700+ Homes

You were warned and now we have the proof, despite recent denials and assurances, that Gallagher Estates ARE already lobbying (and have been for some time) to EXTEND the Bleakhouse Farm development site to enable the building of 750+ houses on current GREEN BELT land adjacent to Bleakhouse Farm.

Gallaghers are saying that BDC will not have enough houses to satisfy the Core Strategy figures and therefore they are objecting to the draft and saying that there should be more land made available (A & B) at Bleakhouse to help meet the requirements.

When the core strategy was consulted on, Gallagher’s response was to threaten Bromsgrove DC with legal challenge for under-providing housing land in the plan.


If they now submit a planning application for the area in yellow and BDC reject as it is green belt, Gallagher’s will challenge it as being able to be exempted from green belt for “special circumstances” i.e. that BDC continue to under provide for housing land.

Issues therefore are if they submit an application;

Will WRA or the parish be any more effective in resisting a green belt application?

Will the officers and planning committee really say no?

Will the planning inspector support the council on appeal even if they do so now?

It seems we are seeing Gallagher’s upping the ante particularly as they have potentially lost LowBrook Farm – though that is likely to be appealed as well!


Here are the supporting documents:

DSC2 and TCAAP Response Form Core Policy 1_A

DSC2 and TCAAP Response Form Core Policy 2_A

DSC2 and TCAAP Response Form Core Policy 4B_A

Bromsgrove’s Response To These Documents

These documents are dated from July 2011, so it has ALWAYS been Gallagher’s intention to push for more development, just as we predicted.

So, before the ink is even dry on the outline planning permission, we now face an immediate and credible threat to what is presently green belt land.


click to enlarge (and enrage)

And here’s the reminder of how Gallagher’s own web site is promoting the site in Wythall. No mention of 170 houses here, only 750.


One Response to Gallagher’s Really ARE Planning 700+ Homes

  • Stephen Peters says:

    You ask if Wythall Residents Association or Wythall Parish Council will be effective in resisting further encroachment into the Green Belt by developers.

    Since most of the open land in Wythall between Station Road and the Prince of Wales in Maypole Lane is owned by Gallaghers the answer is it will be difficult. However, given the strength of feeling expressed by residents in South Wythall, and with the support of WSRAG and this website, we stand a far better chance of mobilising public opinion.

    It is regrettable that over the past 12 years despite a Public Inquiry which designated Bleakhouse Farm as an ADR site, and the first stage Core Strategy from BDC which no one seemed to know about, the risk of future development has never gone away.

    Core Strategy 2 did mobilise local opposition but only to plans that had been in place since 2004. This was the last time that developers were able to put forward their bids for more new housing on open land but they will undoubtedly repeat their atttempts later this year.

    The next stage will be the draft Bromsgrove District Plan later in 2013 and the public must let their feelings be known, especially to their District Councillors. It is the District Council that will decide on whether any more Green Belt will be lost in Wythall – not WRA or WPC.

    So, make sure your existing district councillors know what you think and when local elections come around vote for candidates who will put Wythall first, and party politics second.

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