Planning & Development

The Society aims to encourage the enhancement of the environment of Moseley, both built and natural.  It reviews both major development plans and individual planning applications, encouraging and supporting those which reflect and enhance the character of Moseley and opposing those which are detrimental to it.  Click to read the Society’s most notable Achievements in relation to planning and development.

The Moseley Society Planning Policy 2023 defines our approach (click to read).  To inform and encourage best practice, the Society developed in conjunction with the City Council a Moseley Shopfront Design Guide which was subsequently reinforced by the Council’s City-wide Shopfront Design Guide .  The Society also published a pamphlet, the ‘Great Walls of Moseley’, offering guidance on boundary treatments, walls and fences.  Click on the links to read more.

Paving over front gardens with impermeable surfaces increases flooding and pollution.  To avoid this, the law now requires you to seek planning permission if you wish to laying traditional, impermeable driveways of more than five square metres that do not provide for the water to run to a permeable area.  However you will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally.  The Government has produced an excellent Guide on the Permeable Surfacing of Front Gardens explaining how this can be done (click to read).

Birmingham City Council’s strategy towards the development of Moseley was established most recently in the Moseley Supplementary Planning Document (2014) – see the Society Planning Policy page for further details.

The Society supported the creation of two conservation areas within Moseley – the Moseley Conservation Area (designated in 1983 and extended in 1987) and the St. Agnes Conservation Area (designated 1987).  Click to see maps of the areas.  In 2005 the Society contributed to the Council’s Moseley Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan which provides a framework for the future preservation and enhancement of the area (click to read more).

Unlike planning applications, notice of which is sent to people likely to be affected, those for licensing can only be found on a ‘Blue Notice’ on the premises and for, one day only, in the local press.  You can check the Birmingham City website for new/current applications by Ward by following the link

To view the latest Planning Applications and Proposals on the Birmingham City Council website, click here.