Birley Fields Public Meeting Tuesday June 21st 7pm.

There will be a Public Meeting on Birley Fields held on

Tuesday June 21st, 7pm

The Yard Theatre, Old Birley Street, Hulme.

Further information on the Birley Fields public meeting can be found following the link.

If you have any questions, if you’d like some answers, please come along.

Please sign the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231527446873613

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Birley Fields Meeting Tuesday June 14th, 7pm

The Birley Fields Campaign Group’s next meeting will be on

Tuesday June 14th, 7pm

Kim-by-the-Sea.

We’ll update whats been happening, what’s happening with the planning process and what we’re planning.

Any queries get in touch:  birleyfields@gmail.com.

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Birley Fields and Spider Park discussed on Red Bricks Radio

Redbricks Radio – Spider Park and Birley Fields. Adele and Leonie bring us some of the history and updates on Spider Park, a neglected part on the edge of the Redbricks Estate in Manchester. Then Tamasin interviews Steven about the Manchester Metropolitan University’s plans to build a campus on Birley fields.

https://network23.org/redbricksradio/2011/03/18/redbricks-radio-17th-march-spider-park-birley-fields-youth-cuts-asylum-story-tuc-march/

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Open Letter to Hulme Organisations

Coupland Street ImageAn Open Letter to Hulme Organisations.

April 26th 2011

Hello.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) plans for a super campus development built on Hulme’s Birley Fields, are currently before Manchester City Council (MCC).

An outline of those plans are available on the MMU website and the more detailed planning application information, over 70 documents, are on the Manchester City Council Planning Portal.

Local residents have been concerned about MMU’s plans since they became public over 18 months ago. Particular worry has been around the

  • height and mass of the buildings
  • increase in traffic and parking congestion
  • strain on current local resources
  • effect that a sharp increase in student numbers will have on the community.

Though MMU claims to have done extensive consultation, its own internal report is critical of its consultation process.

Recently a large group of tenants living close to the Birley Fields area wrote a letter of objection concerning MMU’s Hulme campus plans, setting out their anxieties. The letter concludes “unless the issues raised above are addressed, the current application for development should be refused”.

The Birley Fields Campaign Group (BFCG) calls on organisations that own property, have tenants, bring up children, provide services to Hulme or use facilities in Hulme, to examine the MMU plans. And if there is concern, if there are questions, to express those to MCC’s planning department. (Guidance can be found here.)

It is the single biggest issue for Hulme. This is because, aside from Birley Fields, the initial cascade effect of MMU’s plans include

  • two new private student accommodation blocks being built on Stretford Road
  • plans for a 650 room student accommodation block on Coupland Street, its plans currently before the Council
  • the recent acquisition of the landmark community pub, ‘The Salutation’. It is expected this will be demolished and the adjacent car park, extended.

The extent of MMU’s intrusion into Hulme and activity around this will have a long-lasting effect on the community. MMU needs to take its plans back to first principles starting with real community engagement. Have your people been consulted? If not, why not?

Support your residents, support your children, support your users.

Support Hulme.

Yours faithfully,

Deyika Nzeribe

John Wojowski

On behalf of the Birley Fields Campaign Group.

birleyfields@gmail.com

http://birleyfields.org.uk/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/

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Birley Fields Plan Causes Concern to Housing Group

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Fields Campus plans continue to be of concern to Hulme residents.
The plans, currently before Manchester City Council for assessment, have prompted local people to write letters of objection to the Council urging them to take into account their grave concerns.
The level of worry was highlighted when an unprecedented letter from Housing Trust, ‘Places for People’ was written to the City Council.
The 4 page letter, sent on behalf of over 250 Hulme households, focussed on the
  • size and shape of the buildings
  • effect on the neighbourhood
  • the loss of open space
  • access to community facilities
  • employment and training opportunities for local residents
The letter says “residents feel that unless the issues raised above are addressed,  the current application for development should be refused”.
Birley Fields Campaign Group member, Deyika Nzeribe commented “This shows that there are real concerns about this development from organisations in Hulme not just residents. Other Housing Trusts should be taking similar responsible action.”
He also when onto say that the lack of real consultation has been damaging. “Between an internal MMU report critising their own consultation  and the King of the Council, Richard Leese, dismissing local anxiety on the plans*, no wonder people think its a stitch up. And forget about asking the local councillors, they don’t seem to have a clue outside of the party line on this issue.”
* “Three’s a magic number” story.
The Save Birley Field Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/
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Campus Plans and Objections…

MMU submitted details of their super campus plan in February.
This submission, containing over 80 documents  are currently available on the Manchester City Council website.
They can be accessed on its Planning Portal here.
The Birley Fields Campaign Group ran a series of workshops on ‘How to run Objection Letters’.
To write an objection to the MMU’s campus plan read through
Any queries, get in touch.
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Save Birley Fields Petition…

MMU is likely to submit their campus planning application in the next week or two.

One of the tools we have to fight this is public opinion, and to do this we’ve created a petition.

The ‘Save Birley Fields’ petition is here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/.

If you disagree with or have any doubt about the proposed plans, please sign, it only takes a minute.
Once the campus its here its here for good.

** Please pass on to your networks **

Thanks,

Birley Fields Campaign Group

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Christmas and New Year Break…

The regular Birley Fields meetings on Tuesday evenings are taking a break for the holiday season, we’ll start up again the the New Year.

In the meantime we’re keeping our eyes peeled for any planning application submission from the University over the holidays. Because you never know.

Seasonal Greetings everyone and Best Wishes for the New Year!!

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Birley Fields Public Meeting Monday December 6th…

The Birley Fields Campaign Group is holding public meeting to discuss the plans that MMU have had on display over the past week.

It will be held on Monday December 6th, 7pm,  The Yard, 41 Old Birley Street (opposite the Junction Pub).

We’ll be looking at
  • the plans, which have changed
  • have traffic, parking and green space concerns been addressed
  • can the consultation really change anything?

The consultation dates and venues are here, http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/, get done to see the plans if you can.

Any queries please get in touch: info@birleyfields.org.uk.

See you then!
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New MMU Birley Fields Consultation

The MMU are promoting the new Birley Fields plans via a consultation.

We assume that there will be detailed plans at the venues, currently there is not much new information on their website: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/.

So far, there is the distribution of a ‘Birley Fields Campus Plan’ newsletter of which pdf’s for page  1 – 2 and 3 – 4 are found here. The MMU questionnaire can be found on their website.

The BFCG feels there are Issues with the Development and with the conduct of the Hulme consultation so far.

The dates and venues are:

Friday November 26th – Hulme Asda – 12 to 8pm
Saturday 27th November  to Friday 3rd December – Hulme Library
Monday 29th November –  Hulme Community Garden Centre – 12 to 4pm
Wednesday 1st December – Aquarius Community Centre – 1 to 5pm
Friday December 3rd – Zion Arts Centre-  2 to 6pm
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