Speaking after the meeting Councillor Patrick Codd said there was no other way forward, despite his fears of a divided community.
He said: “Unfortunately we were in a situation when we were going to High Court to talk about a few feet of land. It would have been difficult because there is no guide. This is something very very difficult to prove.
“I am opposed to gated communities, they breed fear of crime and they are antisocial. I think it’s a great shame.
“I have held this up for as long as I can; I am totally opposed to the erection of gates.”
Many sociologists bemoan the growing popularity of gated communities. They say they're exclusionary, elitist and anti-social. Most of that criticism targets the wealthy.
Birmingham City Council owns over 400 high rise blocks and has tried several approaches to improving conditions for residents living in the blocks. These have included the installation of controlled entry systems, converting some tower blocks to sheltered housing and experimenting with single generation lettings policies for particular blocks. More recently, the Council has been developing a programme of concierge schemes for its most problematic high rise blocks.