The Plough – why planning applications don’t necessarily lead to developments

The Plough

It was good news that there seemed to be some movement on The Plough issue. Clearly the owners are thinking about ways of finding a new use for the building whilst recognising its historic value.

But there is always a need for caution when deal with planning applications though. Media sources often present planning applications as a hard and fast commitment to do something. It’s a bit more complicated than that.

Planning is part of a process in delivering a scheme.

A developer might test whether a new use of a building is acceptable before commiting addition resources to test other elements of the scheme – such as financial viability.

Others may be seeking planning permission to increase the value of their land holding before selling it on.

Or they may need to seek a partner to take on and operate the project.

All of these, and more, may present stumbling blocks to a plan coming to fruition.

The Plough application may well be approved. But there will still be a long way to go before we see the solution on the ground.

You are invited to “More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country” – a talk by Graham Fisher MBE – Civic Society Monday 18th November, 5.30pm

I am delighted to invite you to the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which takes place on Monday 18th November 2013, at St Michael’s Church, Bell Street South, Brierley Hill.

Graham Fisher MBE

Our speaker is the renowned Graham Fisher M.B.E. Graham will be talking on “More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country”, with some special highlights regarding Brierley Hill.

For those who know such things Graham is a highly regarded speaker. As one paper put it:

Spend just a few moments in Graham Fisher’s company and you quickly realise he is an extraordinarily engaging Black Country character – offering informed opinions about anything from existentialism to the current economic doldrums.

I do hope you can make what should be an absolutely fascinating talk.

The agenda for the meeting will therefore be:

  1. More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country – a talk by Graham Fisher MBE
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting (see below)
  4. Matters arising not elsewhere on the agenda
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Brierley Hill in Bloom update
  7. Brierley Hill Christmas Festival
  8. Brierley Hill Community Forum merger
  9. Information exchange
  10. Any Other urgent business

I do hope you can make the meeting which should be fascinating for all of those interested in the past, present and future of Brierley Hill. Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Kind regards,


[button link=”″]Minutes of BHCS October Meeting[/button]

The Brierley Hill Book of Remembrance

Book of RemembranceThe Brierley Hill book of remembrance records the names of those who fell during the second world war and who lived the former Brierley Hill Urban District Council area. I found leafing through the pages and recognising the places where people lived extremely moving.


Brierley Hill Book of Remembrance 1939-1945 by tsunt