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Date Posted: 16/11/11 6:56:26pm
Author: the artist
Subject: Re: News: Jesus Army's Jewellery Quarter plans thwarted by developer
In reply to: Mike (webmaster) 's message, "News: Jesus Army's Jewellery Quarter plans thwarted by developer" on 11/11/11 6:01:28pm

>Title: Jesus Army's Jewellery Quarter plans thwarted
>by developer
>Website: birminghammail.net
>Date: 11/11/2011
>Link : >href="http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/20
>by-developer-97319-29756481/">Jesus Army's Jewellery
>Quarter plans thwarted by developer

>Jesus Army's Jewellery Quarter plans thwarted by

>A PROPERTY developer has scuppered controversial plans
>by the Jesus Army to open a drop-in centre for
>prostitutes and drug addicts in Birmingham’s Jewellery
>The group had wanted to renovate offices at 33 Lionel
>Street near one of the main thoroughfares from the
>Jewellery Quarter into the city’s business district
>but local businesses had appealed to planners to
>reject the scheme.
>Officers from the council had been due to approve the
>plans after the police offered no objections.
>However, property developer LMM, which owns the
>building next door, has now made a higher bid than the
>Jesus Army for the building, which was accepted by the
>vendor and completed this week.
>Tony Haran, a manager at LMM, said: “Historically it
>is a building we have been interested in if the vendor
>would sell it. The Jesus Army emerged later.”
>Mr Haran said the company’s mind was focused into
>making a second bid after the planning process looked
>like a fait accompli following emails suggesting the
>success of the application within an hour of the end
>of the planning committee meeting.
>He said: “In the end we were left with little option
>as I didn’t think the objections to the plans were
>given proper weight. With the number of high-level
>land parcels in the area and then to have this on
>square one so to speak, would seem a little ironic.”
>The surprise development brings to an end the planning
>application battle which sparked a furious backlash in
>the Jewellery Quarter.
>There were objections from the owners of bars,
>restaurants and hotels which feared their businesses
>would suffer from an increase in anti-social behaviour.
>More than 250 residents and businesses signed
>petitions urging the city planning committee to throw
>the application out. The protest was backed by the
>Jewellery Quarter Heritage and Regeneration Group.

thank god for that

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