I’ve just discovered a press release from Walsall Housing Group that seems to have slipped by largely unnoticed. Remember the housing development initially sketched in to replace the now demolished maisonettes that stood opposite Knave’s Court? When I last covered the subject here I discussed my speculation that despite initial permission being granted, the scheme kept changing, and had clearly been split into two separate developments. This low-key announcement confirms my suspicion, and also points out that permission will need to be sought for the second phase, signifying yet another significant design change.
One wonders if the development we finally end up with on the site will bear any resemblance whatsoever to the initial promises of over two years ago. I see that they’re still proclaiming work to have ‘already started’ on the first phase – despite nothing but a banner being erected there last weekend, a week after this release was written.
If you took part in this consultation, please do comment here. I’m seriously beginning to wonder if any housing at all will be built on the land left by previous demolitions. Huge tracts of our town have now been barren for seven years.
Perhaps Walsall Housing Group are too busy sorting out the problems with their new headquarters to bother…
Community invited to view plans for new homes (20/05/11)
Leading housing provider Walsall Housing Group is asking residents living near the site in High Street to view the plans and give their opinion at a public consultation event on Wednesday, 25th May.
Alan Watts, WHG’s Regeneration Manager, and Development Officer Shirley Gooch will be on hand to discuss the proposals alongside architect Simon Oakley, of Walker Troup.
The event will run on an informal, drop-in basis between 2:30-7pm at Catshill Community Room, 60 Catshill Road, Brownhills, WS8 6BN. Visitors will be able to ask questions and view drawings of the development, designed to take advantage of views over Wyrley and Essington Canal, which runs alongside the site.
Alan said: “Regenerating the site will not only greatly improve the appearance of the land, it will also provide much-needed affordable, high quality homes for the local community.
“We are keen to see as many people from the area as possible, to talk them through the proposal and find out what they think.“
WHG will set out its plans to build 33 homes on the land, which acts as a gateway into the former mining town. 29 of the homes will be for affordable rent and the remaining four will be for sale.
There will be 20 two bedroom flats, including two which will be specially adapted to meet the needs of disabled residents, 10 three bedroom houses and three two bedroom houses.
Work could start on site by the end of the year, subject to planning permission and funding being secured, and would continue WHG’s drive to regenerate the area.
Construction is already underway on the site, which has been split into phase one and two. whg is working with developer Mansell Construction Services Ltd to build 47 two bedroom apartments on the eastern side of the vacant land.
The entire plot will be landscaped, gated and have car parking for residents.
For further details call whg’s Regeneration and Development Team on 0300 555 6666.