Residents’ Group concerns over New Talbot development

The Poplar, Anderson and Drayton Road Residents' Group (PADRA) last night expressed serious concerns about plans to develop the site of the former New Talbot public house into a building which will include a fast-food takeaway, a restaurant for up to 80 people, and 10 apartments.

Councillor Bob Piper told the meeting that the fast-food takeaway is almost certain to be refused planning permission because it is contrary to planning guidance on new takeaways close to schools. Residents also expressed concerns about parking for the development, bearing in mind the numbers of staff who will be required to operate a restaurant of that size, as well as customers and residents of the flats. The area is already subject to limited evening parking as part of a residents' parking zone. They also voiced concerns about traffic management on a difficult and dangerous junction, and extraction fans from the site.

PADRA members are being urged to write to Sandwell Planning Department to express their concerns.

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4 Responses to Residents’ Group concerns over New Talbot development

  1. Ian Bradley says:

    Bob Piper comments on the Bearwood page on Face book We have hardly any empty shops in Bearwood .Between The 99p Shop and Taylors Estate Agents .There are 9 Next door to blunts that was the florist 1. The shop That was coop travel 2 .Health food shop 3.The other florist that closed 3 weeks ago 4.The double shop Ethel Austin 6.The chinese take away 7 The shop on the corner of poplar Road 8.And Bowens Travel 9

    • Bob says:

      Ian, perhaps it would help if you took the trouble to actually read what I wrote, and then quote it in full.

      I wrote… “apart from the incredibly expensive shops in the block near Tesco, we have hardly any empty shops in Bearwood”.

      Now, which bit of that did you selectively leave out… and how irrelevant does it render the rest of your comment?

  2. Sally Taylor says:

    Re the concerns about extraction fans. Herbert Road residents are currently having problems with ridiculous noise levels from the fans at the back of Tesco. It might be worth comparing the Tesco planning application with the new Talbot site application. If there are similar fans being put in and you need any anecdotal evidence about the problems with noise on hot days only 2 years after installation, I would be very happy to provide it. Just email me at

    • Bob says:

      Thanks Sally. I think the concerns of the residents was less about noise than it was about smell and any potential carcinogenic fumes.

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