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Message from Director of Communities

In 2020 we started an ambitious project to review and refresh the Bournville Estate Design Guide with the intention of delivering a guide that is fit for the 21st century and represents the many voices of our distinct communities.

I am pleased to say that the new Bournville Estate Design Guide has now been formally approved and will come into effect on 5th July 2021.

We will be holding a series of (Covid safe) in-person drop-in sessions across our Estate for you to come and discuss the new guide or raise any questions regarding a current or future alteration application. Members of the Estates and Housing Teams will be there to meet you.  We will also be handing out sunflower seeds to reflect our commitment to bio-diversity and the environment.  Alternatively, you can join us on Facebook when we will be holding live Q&As with Tracey Rowe (Head of Estates and Stewardship) and Richard Hughes (Estates Manager).  You can find further details about the drop-ins and Facebook Q&As on our Key Launch Dates page.

The dedicated section on our website about the review of the Bournville Design Guide has been updated and you can read more information, including Q&As, by going to the Bournville Design Guide Review page. 

We will be reviewing our website in relation to making alterations to your home and updating the application process and information available to you. These changes will be phased in during the next 3 – 6 months.

Please note, where homes have been previously altered in ways that do not meet the new Guide, from the date of this Guide (July 2021), existing examples of non-compliant works cannot be used as justification for new non-compliant alteration proposals. Please refer to page 10 of the new guide for advice on the matter of ‘precedent’ from this stage forward.

To develop and launch the new Design Guide, we consulted with over 7,000 residents of which 1,400 tenants and home owners responded. We also spoke with partners including Birmingham City Council, local architects and resident-led forums, including the Residents Sounding Group, Scrutiny Panel, Bournville Tenants Ltd, the Green Forum and Bournville Freeholders and Leaseholders Association.

As an organisation committed to our values of partnership, integrity, quality, innovation and fairness, we listened to all of the diverse voices and we brought the proposed guide back out to consultation to ensure that we had heard what you had said. We worked with our specialist design partners at BDP to produce a guide that is representative of these views but also meets the legal requirements of the 1967 Leasehold Reform Act, which bestowed Bournville Village Trust (BVT) with the responsibility to manage the appearance and amenity of the Bournville estate.

This responsibility is more important than ever as we ensure that our neighbourhoods can adapt to the challenges of modern living whilst retaining their distinctive character.

This is an exciting time in our mission to create and sustain communities where people can thrive and I would like to thank all of those who took the time to be a part of this review and help us shape the future of our services.

Arthur Tsang

Director of Communities 

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