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COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Venue alterations approved

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Venue alterations approved

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Plans for temporary lighting at Alexander Stadium for the Commonwealth Games have been approved along with changes to a Sutton Park car park.

Both planning applications relate to the Birmingham 2022 event and were approved by councillors on Birmingham City Council’s planning committee today (May 27).

The proposed changes to Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr involve steel lighting and speaker system structures to be placed at the four corners of the venue.

The structures – measuring up to 59 metres in height – would be used for the event between July 28 and August 8, 2022 and test events only, between 7pm and 12 midnight.

The plans state they would be removed later on in 2022 and replaced with “legacy lighting” as has previously been approved.

The temporary lighting and speaker system structures were approved unanimously by the planning committee today.

The proposed car park changes at Boldmere Gate at Sutton Park involve alterations and refurbishment of an existing 200-space car park at the site – where triathlon events are due to be held next year.

The plans would replace loosely bound gravel and grass and soil at an overspill car park with a combination of porous tarmac and EcoGrid reinforced grass-filled surfacing while including a total of 221 car parking spaces.

Cllr Gareth Moore (Con, Erdington) said during the meeting: “It will probably come as no surprise to anyone that I welcome investment in a car park and certainly it is needed at Sutton Park because obviously it is an important feature within the city.

“It is very popular and lots of people go to it and that is probably reflected in the informal nature and the challenges with the parking situation there.”

He said he noted there was a proposal to remove informal parking areas – and proposed removing that condition “given the sheer demand for people wanting to visit Sutton park”.

But a planning officer present at the meeting said the proposal “would be seeking to retain the overall capacity” of the car park.

He said: “By virtue of not returning other areas of car parking to grassland which is part of the overall planned improvements to the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) […], we will actually be increasing parking capacity within the park itself.

“[The council’s highways team] have raised concerns and recommended a condition that those car parks are returned back to grassland otherwise there could be an increase in traffic associated with the park.”

Cllr Moore’s motion was defeated by six votes to three and the planning application was approved unanimously.

Words: Mark Cardwell, Local Democracy Reporter

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