Thanks to reader Caz who pointed out last week that an application has been made to build a close of houses on the land currently occupied by the former Royal Oak pub in Bullings Heath, opposite the Black Cock pub in Walsall Wood.
The application is reference number 13/0772/FL, submitted on the 10th June, 2013, and is described as ‘Demolition of an existing dwelling and erection of 10 houses including the construction of a new vehicular access and road’.
The land and house were vacant and for sale for some time, after the passing of it’s last occupant; thanks to the generosity of the Smith family, we were able to explore the history of the old pub and it’s residents. This was an excellent research project by David Evans, and remains one of the threads on the blog I’m proudest to have published.
We all knew the land was likely to be purchased by a developer, and the houses proposed look reasonable to me, being modern style homes as one may find in any new development. I personally have no objection, and it would be nice to see the land come into use again. Hopefully, a good enough deal could be struck between the community and developers to provide some other benefit to the community alongside. It may be worth nearby residents talking to local councillors about this if they feel strongly enough.
Both David and I feel it would be an excellent idea if the new close – should it be approved and constructed – could be named in some accordance with the area’s history. Maybe Bullings Heath Close, Royal Oak Close or some such. I welcome reader suggestions.
I include links to the planning documents below, served straight from Walsall Council’s planning system. Of particular interest, may I suggest the tree survey stuff and Mining Risk assessment. Also, the Design and Access statement is very interesting, too.
All links are PDF files, you’ll need Adobe Reader, but I think you’ll have that already.
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Amended House Type 1155 -13-06-2013.pdf
Coal Mining Risk Assessment.pdf
Design and Access Statement.pdf
Double Garage – Plot 10.pdf
Ecological Appraisal Final.pdf
House Type 1055.pdf
House Type 1255.pdf
House Type Whittington.pdf
Protected Species Survey Report.pdf
Superseded House Type 1155.pdf
Tree Survey and Arboricultural Impact.pdf