Way back in April this year, I first noted the consultation and plan to finally redevelop the wasteland in Brownhills that was once Silver Court Gardens, the notorious tenement maisonette estate that was demolished in 2004, into over 100 dwellings.
A planning application was duly submitted, an on June 26th 2014, shortly after the plans were submitted, I detailed them extensively here on the blog. They involved not only the Silver Court Gardens site, but also land around Humphries House and surprisingly, the former marketplace in Brownhills, for a total of 200 homes.
The Express & Star finally caught up with that application this week, three months after it was submitted and featured here. Their article concerning it is available here.
At a planning meeting on Thursday (18th September 2014), both applications were approved. Thankfully, the good old E&S were a bit more on the ball with that report, and the approval was reported in Saturday’s edition (20th September 2014).
To me, this is excellent news for Brownhills, particularly the town centre. Houses on this land will not only make the town look smarter and more occupied, they will provide jobs in their construction, and provide much needed footfall for local stores and businesses.
The selection of homes that will be available – some for sale, some for rent, a selection of flats, houses and bungalows for older folk – will encourage a good mix of people. I wholly support this decision and hope the construction starts soon.
I’ve included the details of the applications beneath the Express & Star piece for reader perusal.I welcome reader feedback: pleasedo comment on this post, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
The article isn’t available online, so I’ve transcribed it below:
Go-ahead is given for 200 new homes
Report by Craig Hughes
ALMOST 200 new homes will be created in Brownhills, including some on the former market square, after plans were given the go-ahead by councillors.
The regeneration scheme for Silver Street will bring ‘long-term benefits to the town,’ bosses at Walsall Housing Group have said.
It comes as a separate, plan for a back land development in Jesson Road, on the outskirts of Walsall town centre, was thrown out amid concerns from residents.
Members of Walsall Council’s planning committee agreed to the regeneration scheme for Silver Street, despite concerns over consultation with residents in nearby Humphries House, who wanted to keep a parcel of land for a garden.
Councillors agreed to support the scheme as long as a condition was imposed that the piece of land should remain for the residents.
Alan Watts, development manager at Walsall Housing Group, said: ‘We believe the long-term benefits to the town and community are huge and worth investing. We are happy to work with customers of Humphries House and planning officers.’
The scheme also includes a further 40 properties on the old market site, which has been standing empty.
It first shut down in June 2009 after then landlords Spook Erections failed to agree a new contract.
Weeks later it was revived by council bosses but collapsed again in 2010.
Another company, LSD Promotions, ran it briefly before pulling the plug in 2011.
The application is split in two; the first application is the full, highly detailed proposal for 157 dwellings to built in phases around Humphries House and behind Silver Court. This includes a public open space to the south of the site. The second application is an outline, it’s an application in principle for 40 dwellings on the old market place, and proposes also a range of options for dealing with traffic in Silver Street. This is not a detailed application, but a drawing board exercise to see if such a proposal could be acceptable to planning; if it is, expect to see more detailed plans later.
Here’s an extract from the Planning Statement which explains the proposals thoroughly:
3.0 THE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS
3.1 The application site extends to a total of 4.52 hectares. The Applicant wishes to redevelop the site to provide a high quality and sustainable residential development, with associated infrastructure and a new public park adjacent to the Wyrley and Essington canal.
3.2 As set out earlier, this is a hybrid application which seeks outline planning permission to use the former Market Square site for up to 40 residential units; full planning permission also is sought for 157 residential units on the Silver Court site. These proposals represent a significant investment in the local economy which will add to the existing housing stock with potential to attract additional investment. The proposals will also make a significant contribution to the Borough’s housing needs and will place new housing close to Brownhills town centre.
3.3 The full planning application consists 157 residential units comprising apartments and houses across the following sub elements:
- A 4 storey height block of 62 elderly persons apartments. These will be 1 and 2bedroom apartments providing independent living with social and welfare support through a ‘Well Being Officer’ who will have a daily presence on site. This block of specialist accommodation will also include communal facilities in the form of a common lounge/kitchen area, consulting rooms for visiting GPs and physiotherapists and storage for disabled vehicles. The elderly accommodation will be made available to households which are in the ‘over 55′ age bracket’.
- 39 general needs apartments comprising 1 and 2 bed apartments for rent.
- 6 bungalows for rent which will replace 6 bungalows to be demolished.
- 50 x 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed houses for general market sale.
The full planning application also includes proposals for a new canal side public park.
3.4 The outline planning application relates to the former Market Square site. This is the smaller of the two sites measuring 0.62 hectares. The outline application seeks to establish the principle of residential development for up to 40 residential units with means of access. It is proposed that all residential units on this site will be for general market sale. The planning application promotes three potential alterations and improvements to Silver Street; these are :
- Retain the existing one-way traffic flow.
- Introduce a section of two-way flow on Silver Street from the High Street to the Market Square site.
- The full closure of Silver Street at a point close to Tesco’s car park to the west of the Market Square site and the introduction of two-way traffic flow from this point to the Silver Street / High Street junction.
All three access options are tested and examined through the planning application submission. An explanation of the three options are considered at Section 7 of this Statement.
Links to documents for plan 14/0767/FL described as ‘Full planning application for 157 residential dwellings with car parking, new estate roads, public open space, canal side park and associated infrastructure’:
- 1 Bedroom Bungalow -Elevations.pdf
- 1 Bedroom Bungalow 2 -Elevations.pdf
- 2 Bedroom 1 Bungalow -Elevations.pdf
- 2 Bedroom 2 Bungalow -Elevations.pdf
- Affordable Housing Statement.pdf
- Appendix A -1.pdf
- Appendix A -11.pdf
- Appendix A Designated Sites within 2km of Search Area.pdf
- Appendix B-1.pdf
- Application Form – Full.pdf
- Article 12 Notification.pdf
- Bat and Reptile Survey Report- Silver Court April 2014.pdf
- Boundary Details.pdf
- Boundary Plan.pdf
- Build Phasing Plan(1).pdf
- Build Phasing Plan(2).pdf
- Certificate B Notification 1.pdf
- Certificate B Notification 2.pdf
- Certificate B Notification 3.pdf
- Cover Letter.pdf
- Design and Access Statement.pdf
- Drainage Strategy.pdf
- Ecological Appraisal- Silver Court April 2014.pdf
- Flood risk assessment.pdf
- Floor Plans and Elevations – BES 2B Housetype.pdf
- General Needs Elevation 1.pdf
- General Needs Elevation 2.pdf
- General Needs Plans.pdf
- Ground Investigation.pdf
- HRA Screening Report.pdf
- Landscape Plan.pdf
- Levels Strategy.pdf
- Location Plan.pdf
- Over 55 Block Elevation -2.pdf
- Over 55 Block 3rd Floor and Roof Plan.pdf
- Over 55 Block Elevation -1.pdf
- Over 55 Block Ground, 1st and 2nd Floor Plan.pdf
- PDH 204 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 301 3B Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 301 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 307 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 308 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 310 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 401 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- PDH 402 Plans and Elevations.pdf
- Phase 1 Habitat Survey.pdf
- Planning Statement.pdf
- Site Plan.pdf
- Street Scenes -1.pdf
- Street Scenes -2.pdf
- Summary of Ground Investigations. May 2014.pdf
- topo survey part 1.pdf
- Transport Statement.pdf
- Travel Plan.pdf
- Tree Report.pdf
- Walkover ground survey and desk study. Silver Court Gardens. March 09.pdf
- walkover survey and desk study ground report. Feb 08.pdf
Links to documents for plan 14/0771/OL described as ‘Application for outline planning permission for up to 40 residential units with means of access included (all other matters reserved)’: