Disposal of Education Playing Field Land (Section 77): Short Heath Unattached Playing Field

Closed 19 Sep 2019

Opened 11 Jul 2019

Results updated 11 Jun 2021

In July 2019 Birmingham City Council undertook a full consultation on the proposal to dispose of the site known as Short Heath Unattached School Playing Field. The site is located in the Stockland Green ward. As the site is designated as an unattached school playing field there is a requirement to seek approval from the Secretary of State for Education to dispose of this site under Section 77 of the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998. The consultation is a requirement under the legislation.

 As well as the consultation that ran via the Be Heard website, there was also a requirement to consult with, and receive a response from, every school within a certain radius relating to usage of the site. The outcome of the consultation process was that no school or recognised community group had used the field in more than 10 years. 

Following the submission of the Section 77 application and supporting documentation, the Department for Education confirmed that as the playing field has not been used by schools or Academies for the last 10 years then an approval to dispose of the site under Section 77 of the School Standards and Frameworks Act 1998 was not required.

 Birmingham City Council Education department will now proceed with disposal of the site to the Housing department in line with the approval that was granted by Cabinet in March 2019 which was ‘subject to all relevant approvals being met’.

 Any future plans for the fields will be subject to planning consent and approvals.






Birmingham City Council wishes to dispose of 26,912 square metres  of unattached school playing field land at Short Heath Road, Birmingham B23 6JX (adjacent to Bleak Hill recreation ground), in the Erdington district of the city.

In order to dispose of this playing field it will be necessary for Birmingham City Council to apply for written consent from the Secretary of State. It is only at that point that we will be able to dispose/change use of this land.

We are consulting all interested parties on this proposed disposal and are interested to receive your comments. 

The playing fields have not been used by a school or any community group for 10 years.

Although the fields are not being used, Birmingham City Council continues to maintain them.There are ongoing costs for the maintenance and upkeep of these fields.

Should approval be given, Birmingham City Council is proposing to use the land to address the current housing shortage. This will be subject to planning permission and all other relevant approvals. Any proceeds from the disposal of these playing fields will be used to provide alternative sporting facilities in the city.


Why your views matter

We are interested in receiving comments regarding the proposal to dispose of these fields.

The consultation will run from Thursday 11th July 2019 to Wednesday September 19th September 2019.

All comments received will be forwarded to The Secretary of State who will make a decision on the disposal of the fields.

What happens next

We will collate all responses received in response to this consultation.

If we need any further information from you we will contact you via your email address.

At the end of the consultation, all comments will be forwarded to the Secretary of State , who will consider these and will make a decision on the proposal to dispose of the playing field.

When the decision has been made we will post the results on this site.


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