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The Wider Botanical Gardens AreaDraft FrameworkJanuary 2014

ContactDevelopment and Culture DirectorateBirmingham City CouncilClick:Email:consultation P&R iderbotanicalgardensareaCall:Telephone:Keith Watson(0121) 303 9868Visit:Office:1 Lancaster CircusBirminghamB4 7DJPost:P.O. Box 2470BirminghamB1 1TRYou can ask for a copy of this document in large print, anotherformat or another language. We aim to supply what you needwithin ten working days.Call (0121) 303 9868If you have hearing difficulties please call us via Typetalk 180010121 303 9868 or email us at the above address.Plans contained within this document are based upon Ordnance Surveymaterial with the permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of theController of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyrightand may lead to prosecution or civil proceedings.Birmingham City Council. Licence number 100021326, 2014. Photographs: Birmingham City Council and Calthorpe Estatesthe wider botanical gardens area framework / contact

deration of key assets8Policy context12Issues and Challenges14The Opportunity16Delivery18contents / the wider botanical gardens area framework

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Foreword1The area surrounding Birmingham Botanical Gardens has a uniquecharacter, and is home to a number of important organisations. The City iskeen to ensure that they all have a bright future, but also that the characterof the area is maintained.This draft framework sets out clear recommendations for the widerBotanical Gardens Area, to facilitate the investment potential of severalimportant sport and education providers as well as Birmingham BotanicalGardens itself. It provides a co-ordinated local vision for the areabuilding upon the strategic approach within the emerging BirminghamDevelopment Plan.It is our aim to ensure that the wider Botanical Gardens Area becomesknown as an important location for first class leisure, sport and educationprovision within Birmingham. This will be achieved by ensuring thedelivery of high quality facilities fit for the 21st Century.This framework will help to secure a co-ordinated approach to investmentproposals, assisting the Botanical Gardens, leisure organisations andschools to develop with confidence. The Council is committed to workingwith the local community, businesses and partners to achieve the goals setout in this framework, and invites you to comment on our proposals.Councillor Tahir AliCabinet Member for Development, Jobs and SkillsBirmingham City Councilforeword / the wider botanical gardens area framework

2IntroductionThe area bounded by Westbourne Road, Richmond Hill Road, FarquharRoad and the railway, (see Plan 2) referred to as the wider BotanicalGardens Area, is a unique area of Birmingham. It is characterised by green,open spaces with a number of nationally and locally significant leisure,recreational and educational uses which reflect the area’s rich history.The area is surrounded by someof Birmingham’s most prestigioushousing and Edgbaston Wardremains one of Birmingham’spremier suburbs.The importance of both the historicand green environment is reflectedin that the whole of the area fallswithin Edgbaston ConservationArea and the followingconsiderations are also recognised.There are: Two nationally recognised parksand gardens of specific historicinterest (Birmingham BotanicalGardens and The GuineaGardens). 3 areas of Protected Trees (TreePreservation Orders). 7 Listed Buildings ofhistoric and/or architecturalimportance. 2 sites of local importance fornature conservation. 5 different sports playing fields. 2 private sports clubs.An area of historic allotments(the Guinea Gardens). Important links in two wildlifecorridors.The area is home to BirminghamBotanical Gardens, some of thebest independent schools in thecountry, a number of substantialresidential properties, a publichouse/restaurant and offices.These activities, however, generateconsiderable vehicular tripswithin the area and peak periodcongestion raises concerns aboutparking and highway capcity in thearea.The management of these assetslies in the hands of each of themain occupiers. To maintain what isspecial about the area and to tacklesome of the problems requiresa co-ordinated programme ofinvestment. It is clear, however, thatthe historical and environmentalassets that are worthy of protectionin themselves impose considerableconstraints on the ability toinvest. These assets have to keeppace with modern demands andneeds if they are to remain viable,competitive and attractive in thefuture.To maintain the area’s uniquenessand make it suitable to meet thedemands of the 21st century isbeyond any one occupier or user.To move forward requires a sharedvision, an agreed set of prioritiesand action and collective effort.This framework has been preparedto facilitate and support thisprocess.ImageBotanical GardensPlan? 1Environment/Constraintsthe wider botanical gardens area framework / introductionPurpose of documentThe City Council considers aframework document to be anappropriate way to identify: What is special about the area. What needs to be protectedand enhanced. Issues and problems thatdetract from the area. How to address those issues. A vision for the area. A set of opportunities andactions to encourage ongoinginvestment and maintenance. A proposed way forward.The framework is non statutory andhas no formal planning status butit is hoped all parties will committo it, endorse its content anduse it as a means of guiding andencouraging ongoing investment.

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224ContextThis area forms part of the historic Calthorpe Estate, purchased bySir Richard Gough in 1717, and subsequently added to. Originally theparkland and surrounding fields to Edgbaston Hall; Edgbaston was largelydeveloped in the first half of the nineteenth century as a prestigiousresidential estate. Large parts of Edgbaston now fall within the EdgbastonConservation Area, characterised by tree-lined avenues, substantial housesand significant areas of open space.Edgbaston is a high-quality, highvalue suburb, and the key assetsfound within the Wider BotanicalGardens Area reflect this. Openedin 1832, the Botanical Gardenscover 6 hectares of land and is animportant facility attracting manyvisitors to the area and to the city.Edgbaston is widely regardedas offering some of the bestindependent schools in thecountry. 11 independent primaryand secondary schools are presentwithin the locality, 3 havingoperations within the boundariesof the Framework Area itself. Eachof the 3 schools has their owndesignated playing field.The Chad brook passes through thearea and is subject to occasionalflooding. The flood corridor and anumber of other environmental andconstraints are shown on Plan 3.A number of high-quality, highvalue residential properties are alsoin the vicinity fronting WestbourneRoad and on Farquhar Road. Theother properties within the studyarea comprise The White Swan, apub/restaurant, and WestbourneManor, now occupied as an officesfor Pertemps.A number of sports clubs utiliseland surrounding the BotanicalGardens; the Edgbaston Archeryand Lawn Tennis Society (EALTS)and Edgbaston Croquet Club areboth well-established. There aretwo unused former playing fields,one off Richmond Hill Road, theother to the rear of Farquhar Road.Towards the south of the site,complementing the horticulturalpresence of the BotanicalGardens, are the Guinea Gardens– ‘Westbourne Road Allotments’– which date back to the late18th century. They are the lastremaining example of groupsof detached rented gardens inBirmingham and one of only foursuch sites remaining in the country.The Gardens are Grade II listedon English Heritage’s Register ofHistoric Parks and Gardens.ImageBotanical GardensPlan? 2Environment/Constraintsthe wider botanical gardens area framework / context

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6VisionThe vision for the wider BotanicalGardens area is: to offer nationally recognisedleisure attractions, a first classindependent education offerand sporting facilities that aresecond to none. to secure ongoing investmentto maintain, enhance andpromote its position as apremier destination of choice. to have improved access andparking, and that the historic, environmentaland landscape assets that makethe area unique have beenmaintained and upgraded. Rationalising and enhancingplaying pitch provision – theframework maintains schoolplaying field provision andbrings back in to use the formerWest Midlands Police sportsground to deliver upgradedfacilities for the EdgbastonGirls High School. Improving connectivity – anew access is providedeasing pressure on the localroad network and providingadditional car parking servingthe Botanical Gardens, EALTS,the Guinea Gardens, TheCroquet Club, West HouseSchool and Edgbaston GirlsHigh school. Enhancing environmentaland historical character- maintaining the best of theareas assets and providingthe context to secure newfunding for maintenance andinvestment. Promoting sustainability –providing opportunities todemonstrate best practicein sustainable developmentand delivering an area thatminimises its carbon footprint.The aim is to achieve this over thenext 5-10 years.This vision is both aspirationaland challenging and recognisesthat to maintain what is alreadyexceptional and unique aboutthe area requires ongoingcommitment and investment fromthe land owners and occupiers.Implementation requires a unifiedapproach to taking the area forwardwhich this framework provides.ObjectivesAlongside this vision this frameworkalso sets out the conditions andopportunities necessary to attractinvestment and renewal. Theseinclude: Securing appropriate levelsof growth - opportunities areprovided for the BotanicalGardens, EALTS tennis cluband the Croquet club to investin, expand and enhance theirfacilities.the wider botanical gardens area framework / vision

7Image 3 EALTS and Botanical Gardensvision / the wider botanical gardens area framework

8Consideration of key assetsBirmingham Botanical Gardensoperate as an independenteducational charity and unlikemany other similar botanic gardens,such as Edinburgh or Kew, areself-financing. Attractions on siteinclude the Gardens themselves(recognised as an historic park andgarden), with over 7,000 plants ondisplay, four historic glasshouses,a tearoom, gift shop and plantsales area, gallery and facilitiesfor corporate events, banqueting,conferences and weddings. Thegrounds retain much of theiroriginal 1832 layout and are a Siteof Local Importance for NatureConservation (SLINC). The Gardensare a major visitor attraction toBirmingham and are keen tocontinue to be able to make anongoing positive contribution tothe city.The Gardens have aspirations toincrease the range of facilities andattractions on offer, however, plans,including one for a new glasshouse,cannot be implemented due topoor access and constrainedparking. There is limited availablespace to expand, meaning thatsuch underlying constraints cannoteasily be overcome. The gardensare currently re-assessing theirbusiness model and are keen toexplore how to maximise visitornumbers, provide improvededucational facilities and becomean exemplar of addressing the eco/sustainability agenda.Edgbaston Archery and LawnTennis Society (EALTS) is the oldestcontinuously operating tennisclub in the world, and the secondlargest in Birmingham. Recentinvestment at the nearby Priorytennis club, also in Edgbaston, hasincreased competition. EALTS hasan excellent reputation for juniorcoaching and wishes to remaincompetitive through strengtheningtheir existing facilities and securingtheir long term future through anew lease.At present, the Society has 12courts (6 grass, 4 shale, 2 artificialgrass), however all are outdoors,which constrains use especiallyin winter. In order to remaincompetitive, the Society mustbe able to operate throughoutthe year, in-keeping with moderntennis being an all-year game.Many associated facilities with theexisting courts are also outdated.The tennis courts are, at times,under-utilised during the daytime,and there may be an opportunityto increase local school’s use ofthem. There is an already existentpartnership in place which allowsWest House and EdgbastonHigh Schools to use the Society’sfacilities for junior tournaments.Access to the club, via a narrowsingle width lane is poor and egressonto Westbourne Road dangerouswith restricted vision. Parking islimited. There is a need to improvethese elements; however the club isunlikely to be able to pursue thesechanges without external financialassistance. Aspirations exist for newindoor and all-weather facilities,and the club may need additionalland in order to accommodatethese.The Lawn Tennis Associationis believed to be supportive inprinciple of expansion and newdevelopment, but requires securityof tenure through a renewed leaseas a condition of any funding beinggranted.Edgbaston Croquet Club has beenlocated on its current site since1915. Although it is recognisedthat croquet is a minority sportcompared to tennis, the club hasaspirations to expand its facilitiesand create a higher profile for itself.The club is self-funding at presentand seeks to attract externalfunding in order to increase itsinfluence.Membership is near capacity for itscurrent facilities, with three full-sizelawns and a small basic clubhouse.The current facilities are adequateto hold national tournaments,however there are aspirations tohave 4 courts which would notonly allow a larger membershipbase to be accommodated but alsowould facilitate larger competitionsto international level.Expansion has been underconsideration for some time, butcosts and funding have not beenImage 4 Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society (EALTS)the wider botanical gardens area framework / consideration of key assets

9fully explored at present as therequirement for additional land hasnot been identified. Sharing of lawnfacilities would not be appropriatedue to the croquet lawns beingmono-functional, but a sharedclubhouse facility, possibly with thetennis club could be considered.Image 5 Edgbaston Croquet ClubImage 6 Guinea GardensEdgbaston Guinea Gardens arenot only a historical asset for theWider Botanical Gardens Area, butalso a local community asset. Anumber of original features remain– chiefly hedgerows – enablingEnglish Heritage to include the siteas Grade II Listed in its Register ofParks and Gardens and Gardens ofSpecial Historic Interest. It is alsolisted as a Site of Local Importancefor Nature Conservation (SLINC).There are no major problemswith the site, however there areoccasional minor issues withflooding. There is a waiting listfor allotment plots to becomeavailable but expansion has notbeen considered. Access is notideal; it shares the substandard rowaccess road with EALTS, and thereis no dedicated parking.Image 7 Guinea Gardensconsideration of key assets / the wider botanical gardens area framework

10Edgbaston High School for Girlsfounded in 1876, is Birmingham’soldest independent school for girls.It has over 940 students aged2 ½ to 18 and provides a very highstandard of education. In recentyears the school has undergonea period of refurbishment andmajor development. It opened anew all-weather surface playingfield for hockey, netball and tennisin 2007, refurbished its swimmingpool in summer 2008, as well ascontinuing to maintain a stateof the art gymnasium. It also hasplaying fields providing a runningtrack, rounders pitches and cricketsquare. In 2011, a 3.5 milliondevelopment programme added anew Sixth Form centre, new libraryand fitness suite to the School’sfacilities.There is sufficient on-site parkingfor staff and visitors, however, trafficgenerated by pick-up and drop-offsat the beginning and end of theschool day can be a problem.Hallfield School a leading coeducational day preparatory schoolfor 550 children aged between 3months and 11 years. The schoolhas extensive facilities including anextensive 4 hectare playing field,well equipped sports hall and anall weather area. The school isset within an 8 hectare campus.Whilst providing pupil drop offfacilities, these are regularly overstretched causing congestionon Church Road. The school isdeveloping plans to increase theirparking provision and considerways of improving safety. Theschool also has medium and longterm aspirations to upgrade andimprove their facilities throughselective redevelopment and siterationalisation.West House School is apreparatory day school for boysbetween the ages of 4 and 11,with a nursery caring for childrenfrom the age of twelve months.Image 8 Edgbaston High School for GirlsAlthough the main teachingcampus is located outside theWider Botanical Gardens Area onSt James Road, the school hasaccess to the Richmond Hill playingfields which include two full-sizefootball pitches, a cricket squareand pavilion. There is no dedicatedparking, parents and users havingto park on the road.Pertemps are one of the UK’slargest recruitment agencies andhave an office at WestbourneManor to the site’s north-west.Their offices are generally self-Image 9 Hallfield Schoolthe wider botanical gardens area framework / consideration of key assetscontained and there are no majorissues with their site or operationsat present.The White Swan public houselies just south of WestbourneManor, and is a popular eating anddrinking venue. It has a sizeable carpark.The vacant fields off Richmond HillRoad and to the rear of FarquharRoad have been used in recenttimes as sports pitches, for bowlsand for police dog training,however these activities no longer

11operate. There may therefore beopportunities to put these currentlyvacant spaces back into use whilstmaintaining the character of thearea.Residential properties flankthree sides of the area with twosubstantial houses on WestbourneRoad, maisonettes and a 12 storeytower block fronting Richmond HillRoad and substantial detachedproperties along Farquhar Road.A large parcel of land between theWest House playing field and theBotanical Gardens is currently usedas a private garden area.PlanImage? 10Environment/ConstraintsThe White SwanImage 11 Farquar Road Eastconsideration of key assets / the wider botanical gardens area framework

12Policy contextThe National Planning Policy Framework states that there is a need toachieve sustainable development; growth which meets the needs of today,with minimal adverse impact.One aspect towards achievingsustainable development isthrough conserving and enhancingthe historic environment (NPPF,section 12); particularly relevantgiven the historical context ofthe Edgbaston area. A need toprotect Birmingham’s historicallisted buildings is highlightedin paragraph 3.25 of the city’sUnitary Development Plan, withConservation Areas, such asEdgbaston, being a “powerfulmeans of preserving the bestof historical and architecturalheritage” (paragraph 3.20).The number of playing fields in theWider Botanical Gardens area alsomeans that consideration must begiven to the NPPF’s ‘PromotingHealthy Communities’ section(section 8), where it is stated thatexisting open space should beretained and not developed uponunless there is a clear surplus torequirements or the loss of land canbe adequately replaced.Chapter 16 of the UDP focusesspecifically on Edgbaston. Dueto the area’s desirable characterand high quality residentialenvironment, the UDP does notforesee any proposals for largeparts of the district. High qualityimprovements to existing facilitieswill be encouraged, subject to theneed to safeguard local amenity(paragraph 16.15).This policy context is also reflectedin the Birmingham DevelopmentPlan 2031 (pre submission draftdocument) approved by theCity Council in December 2013and published for StatutoryConsultation in January 2014.Once adopted it will replace andsupercede the Birmingham UnitaryDevelopment Plan (UDP).Paragraph 3.57 of Birmingham’sUDP echoes the stance of the NPPFby saying that “Development onplaying fields will not normallybe allowed”. Whilst paragraph3.60 places further importanceon the provision of sports pitchesand playing fields; “The qualityof sports pitches is important.Encouragement will continue tobe given to improvements, forexample to changing facilities,and to the provision of all-weatherpitches, which can be used moreintensively than grass pitches”,a stance which facilitates thenumerous sports clubs and schoolsseeking to develop and expand inthe area.the wider botanical gardens area framework / policy context

13Image 12 Botanical Gardenspolicy context / the wider botanical gardens area framework

14Issues and challengesThose features and characteristics that make the Wider Botanical GardensArea unique require ongoing investment and maintenance to ensure theircontinued special status. For example listed buildings and historic gardensneed to be maintained, school facilities kept up to date and visitor facilitiesenhanced to meet changing needs and aspirations. Many people expectto travel to these facilities by car and expect safe access and egress andadequate parking facilities. Many of the area’s unique features, however,pose development constraints that are not easily overcome and haveprohibited investments and improvements. Given this the area now has anumber of pressing problems. These may be summarised as:General Issues Capacity of roads, withcongestion particularly at peaktimes and the beginning andend of the school day. Pressure on parking placeswith limited scope to increaseprovision. Poor access to several of thefacilities. Limited opportunities forexpansion expansionsites or new developmentopportunities. Issues over leases and longterm security acting as ahindrance to securing funding. Pressures to maintain listedbuildings and conserve historiclandscapes.Site specific challenges Botanical Gardens: Previousplans for new visitor facilitiesand expansion have beenhindered by an inabilityto provide additional carparking and improve upontheir constrained access. TheGardens have a desire toprovide new investment andfacilities but have limited scopeto achieve this. The listed glasshouses also need significantinvestment and maintenance. EALTS: Access to the site ispoor and parking provision islimited. There is a desire toprovide indoor facilities andupgrade existing facilities,including the clubhouse.This cannot be achievedwithout security of tenureand additional land fordevelopment. Croquet Club: Has longterm aspirations for a fourthlawn to attract internationaltournaments and increasemembership levels. This wouldrequire additional land. Guinea Gardens: would benefitfrom better, safer, access anddedicated parking. Schools: Ongoing investmentby the schools can beconstrained by factors imposedby the Conservation Area. Playing Fields: Some of theplaying fields are affected bypoor drainage and occasionalflooding.the wider botanical gardens area framework / issues and challenges

15Image 13 Access to EALTS and Guinea Gardensissues and challenges / the wider botanical gardens area framework

16The opportunityTo resolve the current issues and provide the best potential to maximiseinvestment opportunities requires a comprehensive and coordinatedapproach. A radical solution that requires co-operation between the keyoccupiers offers the best overall potential.The following set of actions isrecommended: The creation of a new accessroad from Richmond Hill Roadto replace the current accessto EALTS and the GuineaGardens, The existing accessform Westbourne road wouldbe closed. Garden land to the southof Westbourne Manor andnumbers 13 and 15 Westbourneroad be incorporated into theBotanical Gardens. Creation of a new developmentopportunity for the BotanicalGardens on the northern thirdof the existing West Houseplaying field. This couldprovide the opportunity todevelop a new visitor facilityand car park and enableseparate entrances and parkingfor their conference andwedding operations. The route of the new accessroad through the northern endof the playing fields createsadditional opportunities forEALTS to develop an indoortennis facility, possible newoutdoor courts, additionalparking and the potential toredevelop or relocate their clubhouse. Dedicated parking could beprovided to serve the GuineaGardens and West houseSchool. Additional land is available tocreate a fourth lawn for theCroquet club.To achieve this clearly impactsupon the existing use of schoolplaying fields. It is therefore furtherproposed that: The Edgbaston High schoolfor Girls running track areabe relocated to the playingfield formerly used by theWest Midlands Police offRichmond Hill Road. This willbe subject, where necessaryto the provision of car parking,maintenance facilities,landscaping, improveddrainage and footbridgescrossing the brook. Whilst West House Schoolloses a third of its exitingplaying field, this must notbe at the expense of any lossin quality of the remainingpitch and its ability to providefor both cricket and football.The loss will also be subjectto agreeing appropriateboundary fencing/landscaping,groundman’s and pavilionfacilities. Off road visitor andcoach parking facilities couldalso be created. Planning consent is in placeand further scope exists toimprove parking and access toHallfield School playing field.Once agreed as a unified packageof proposals and endorsed by theCity Council, Calthorpe Estates andeach user group; the frameworkoffers the best opportunity tosecure new developments andmaximise financial investment inthe future of the area’s assets.the wider botanical gardens area framework / the opportunity

17NRoadNot to ScaleRoaderbornernWestbouHaPEdgbastonHigh SchoolBirminghamBotanical Gardens1PdRichmond Hill Roa Crown Copyright . All rights reserved Birmingham City Council 100021326,20146P54PPP2Hallfield School3Hallfield SchoolPlaying Fields77ChadBrookGuinea GardensKey: OpportunitiesFramework BoundaryEdgbaston Archeryand Lawn Tennis SocietyPotential extent ofBirmingham Botanical GardensEdgbaston Croquet ClubMain vehicle routesNew accessfrom Richmond Hill RoadAccess toGuinea Gardens retainedExisting access road to bedowngraded to footpathwithin EALTSNarrow access roadto be closedCross City Railway LineWorcester & Birmingham CanalPOverflow Car Parkingfor use by West House SchoolPNew Parking forGuinea GardensSports PitchesEdgbaston High Schoolfor girlsPGreen frontage toRichmond Hill RoadScreen planting to protectviews within ConservationArea1Land to be leased toBotanical Gardensfor garden extensionsand possible new visitor facility2Extension to Croquet Club3Retained all weather pitchesfor Edgbaston High School4West House SchoolPlaying pitch retained5Indoor tennis court buildingincorporating new club house6New outdoor courts7New improved footbridges(including additional lawn and car parking)Plan 4 Opportunitiesthe opportunity / the wider botanical gardens area framework

18DeliveryThe Framework provides a mechanism for both promoting the area andattracting investment. Implementation of these recommendations will bedependent upon the co-operation and commitment of a number of partiesand in part require co-ordinated actions. Delivery could take number ofyears.Working in partnershipIn providing a clear vision forthe area and an agreed set ofopportunities; each of the users willbe able to move forward with theirindividual plans and investmentdecisions with confidence.Partnership working, however,will be important as some of theopportunities are dependant uponothers being implemented first andcollaboration will be essential.The co-operation and commitmentof the following parties will benecessary: Calthorpe Estates, who ownthe freehold to the land andcontrol the leases to each user. The Schools agreeing to therevision of their playing fieldarrang

the wider botanical gardens area framework / vision Vision The vision for the wider Botanical Gardens area is: † to offer nationally recognised leisure attractions, a fi rst class independent education offer and sporting facilities that are second to none. † to secure ongoing investment to maintain, enhance and promote its position as a

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