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Fears growing over the threat to houses

HISTORIC homes in Acocks Green could be under threat from developers, residents have warned.

HISTORIC homes in Acocks Green could be under threat from developers, residents have warned.

Locals have been battling to get protected status for some of the suburb’s oldest roads - but now they fear it could be too late.

A conservation area, which was promised back in October, has been hampered by delays.

And now Birmingham City Council’s Conservation department has been disbanded, raising question marks about when and if the zone would be put in place.

Julia Larden, from Acocks Green Focus Group, is urging people to sign a petition, calling on the local authority to save the department.

Among the houses which could be under threat, are a pair of villas in Flint Green Road.

The red-brick buildings were recently sold privately at auction, raising fears that they could be earmarked for redevelopment.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has also called for immediate action to protect the Victorian properties and the buildings in neighbouring roads.

William Palin, president of the conservation group, said that Acocks Green had been designed as a “leafy and attractive” area.

“It would be a tragedy if this forgotten arcadia was to be lost to crude development through want of adequate protection,” he said.

Birmingham City Council has issued assurances that the conservation officers will be incorporated within the planning department - but Julia and other residents argue that this won’t offer sufficient protection to historic buildings.

To sign the Focus Group’s petition, go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/savebrumconsdept.

 

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