From depths of one pool into another - Bournville Baths to be saved?

As the BBC reports that the City's Labour administration cannot match the £3 million funding for the Moseley Road Baths promised by the former Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, Funding for Birmingham's Moseley Road Baths at risk, the future of Grade II listed Bournville Lane Baths in Stirchley, on the corner of Bournville Lane and Hazelwood Road, might in contrast be more secure - albeit without the swimming pool.  

A Planning application has been submitted for the partial demolition and conversion of the Bournville Lane baths to form a community centre.


Listed Building Consent for the partial demolition and conversion of a Grade II listed Building to form a community centre with childrens play area and car parking


Partial demolition and conversion of baths to form a community centre with childrens play area and car parking.

The baths, which were closed in 1987, were built in 1910 on land given by the Cadbury's to The Kings Norton and Northfield Urban District Council in 1903,  

Designed by Architect John P. Osborne, Stirchley Baths (as they were originally called) cost approximately £10,000 and were built by E.Crowder of Farm Street, Birmingham.

The redevelopment proposal is aimed at creating a new community facility for Stirchley.

The facility will consist of:
• Main Hall
• Equipment Stores
• Kitchen with associated storage and staff amenities.
• Staff & Visitor Toilet Facilities (Male / Female / Accessible)
• Baby Change & Feeding Provision
• Cleaners Store
• Childcare “Stay & Play” (max 26 children)
• Outdoor Play Area
• External Refuse Store
• Flexible Office / Meeting Room Accommodation
• Reception
• Reception Office (including safe)
• Flexible Space
• Gallery / Multi-Purpose Community Space (Gallery)
• Internet Café Area
• Internal Stores

Images from the Planning Applications are reproduced below.

The redevelopment to provide a community centre should provide a welcome heart to a community which has been in the middle of a supermarket tussle for over a decade.

The story actually begins many years ago when Asda wanted to move to the area.  However, in 2002, it was judged that there was no requirement for another large food retailer in Stirchley and they were turned down. 

 Around the same time, though, the council revised its planning brief with a view to creating a new ‘Stirchley Town Centre’. Since then a battle has ensued between Tesco and Helical/Midlands Co-Op (who want to build a major non-food retail park, along with 41 new dwellings) to development a brownfield site at Hazelwell Lane.

In 2004 Tesco were granted outline planning permission for their proposal. In 2006 Helical/Midlands Co-Op were granted outline planning permission for theirs. Birmingham City Council then invited both parties to tender for the land it owns and to submit proposals for the relocation of the community centre, bowling club and working men’s club.

In October 2007 the council declared its intention, in principle, to select Tesco as the preferred developer...

The community around Stirchley is a thriving mix of groups and Super Stirchley has produced a map of the going's on around.

Reproduced from

Tesco recently gained planning permission to build a store at Hazelwell Lane, Tesco claims legal victory in battle to build Stirchley store, while ASDA are appealing their rejected proposal, Asda plan for Stirchley rejected following objection from Tesco, to build further up the Pershore Road at Fordhouse Lane, 400m from the Tesco store.  The ASDA plan is supported by local councillors who see the benefits it will bring to the local community; SuperStirchley however sees the threat it poses to local shops together with traffic concerns,

As responses to surveys carried out by councillors Rob Sealey, Timothy Huxtable and former councillor Nigel Dawkins showed overwhelming support for the ASDA application, Councillors Sealey and Huxtable will be actively supporting the appeal on behalf of the residents of Stirchley and surrounding area.

Not only would the new store bring much needed jobs and visitors to the area, but would also bring with it a number of highways improvements for Pershore Road and Fordhouse Lane and would also provide funding for Town Centre management for Stirchley and shop front improvements in Stirchley Village along the Pershore Road.

Work on the new Tesco store will see demolition of the City of Birmingham Bowls club in March 2013 as work prepares on the site for the Tesco,


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