Collecting Hundreds to Prevent Moseley Forest from Being Sold to Developers

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More than 700 people have called for the sale of historic forest near the childhood home of Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien to stop. Neighbors living in the privately owned Wake Green Park in Moseley have been given until the end of March to come up with £500,000 to buy a woodland area known as The Dell before selling it to developers.

Homeowners fear that the development of the land, which is to the rear of the estate, would cause “irreparable damage to the local environment” and reduce the value of their apartment. Brummies responded by the hundreds, more than 700 people signed a petition to stop the proposed sale to MIA Property Group, and dozens of people voiced their concerns on social media.

The company that manages the estate said the money from the sale would pay for “essential works”, including installing security gates at the entrance to the site. Wake Green Park Management Company Ltd and agents MetroPM said the sale was necessary due to “liability for the work required” and to raise money to address issues such as tipping.

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But locals have expressed concern about the impact redevelopment would have on the wildlife living in The Dell. Others have expressed their condolences to the residents of Wake Green Park, particularly those in Bowen Court, the tower block overlooking the woods.

Emma Holsey wrote: “This is our front door, our green haven. Surely there are enough brownfields to use than to destroy habitats. How is this allowed?”

Stuart Kane and Katie Sewell are among the residents of Wake Green Park battling against the proposed sale of the Dell Wood in Moseley

Ron Bond said: “Absolutely disastrous decision for such an inner-city area so rich in wildlife, next to the Tolkien connection, so beloved by most of the world.”

Jax Kirby commented, “Should be kept for nature and people’s health.” And Guillaume Resplandy wrote, “Woodland should be kept as a haven for wildlife.”

Local campaigner Izzy Knowles said: “There’s a real mix of young and old people living in Wake Green Park and none of these flats have gardens so that little Dell is a gem. It’s a small nature reserve there and it could be made into a a very special part of the park.

“A lot of residents have no idea that it is a protected area and that there are tree protection orders and protected species live there. There is an argument that there is a need for housing, I see both sides because the costs are rising and maintaining such” one area must be very expensive.

“But my concern is that once it’s sold, it’s gone. Even if it’s not built on right away, it’s probably going to be a terrible eyesore if it’s not taken care of.

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A group of Wake Green Park residents fight the proposed sale of The Dell Wood, which sits at the back of the Moseley residential area

“In the meantime, it will likely be fenced off and even more neglected. It will become a fly tipper paradise, which will be a real shame for the residents of Wake Green Park, especially those in Bowen Court who overlook it.”

Residents have said the forest dates back to the 1800s and is still home to protected plant and animal species, including woodpeckers and bluebells. They believe that Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien, who grew up on nearby Wake Green Road, would have walked among the same trees as a child.

A spokesman for the management company said: “The board of directors of Wake Green Park Management Company Ltd and MetroPM, their retained managers, have been discussing for a number of years the possibility of divesting a plot of land in Wake Green Park. the Dell area, to generate much needed funds for the estate to carry out essential works.

“The board of directors has already repeatedly informed all leaseholders of the possibility of selling this land and has informed them from time to time of the progress of this, due to the liability of the required works and problems experienced with gratuities and other health and safety issues.

“Discussions with the board of directors resulted in a decision of the board to investigate a sale of this land and MetroPM was accordingly instructed to arrange for the issuance of a notice under section five of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, granting all leaseholders the right of first refusal, as required by law, before a sale of the land is agreed.

“As with many large residential areas, the residents of Wake Green Park have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and the board felt that this sale of a plot of land that is unused and put a financial obligation on the estate for a number of years. , provided the company with an opportunity to put in much-needed funds to help all residents maintain the high-quality services they have come to expect from the management company, as well as enable improvements around the estate.

This includes the installation of vehicular security gates at the entrance to the estate, to better protect residents and their property from certain episodes of antisocial behavior and petty car crime committed by intruders, such events are now common on estates. The board recognizes that this is a sensitive issue and has balanced the needs of the estate against the wishes of all residents to protect and improve their environment.

“The board of directors’ role is unpaid and voluntary, and they have no financial advantage in closing a sale. However, they are all live-in owners and fully appreciate the estate and sense of community, and appreciate the importance of any decisions made. be taken for the benefit of all owners.”

MIA Property Group declined to comment. Birmingham City Council said it could not comment on the potential sale, but asked for clarification of its rules on site redevelopment under Tree Conservation Orders (TPOs). are involved in planning permission for each development and the City Council should look into the details and closely monitor the actions of each new owner.”

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