One hundred homes and a pub are to built on land near to the M6 Toll, under plans revealed today.
Plans for the land off Lakeside Boulevard in Bridgtown would see the 10-acre vacant site converted into a new housing estate, similar to that currently being built on an adjacent site north of the Boulevard by Bellway.
The derelict site forms part of what was formerly home to Magnetti Marelli, an Italian vehicle lighting firm. Property advisory firm GVA says the development would ‘form a natural extension’ to the Lakeside housing development which is nearing completion. It is also close to Vine Court, a care home for over 55s.
“The site is adjoined along the entirety of its northern boundary by existing residential development,” says the firm in its design and access statement. The development of the site to the south of Lakeside Boulevard forms a natural extension to this and would remove the potential for conflict between existing residents and any proposed new industrial or commercial development.
“Development also removes what is currently an unattractive derelict site and would introduce a substantial area of new open space and landscaping, to the benefit of new and existing residents.”
Housing planned for the site would comprise largely of two and three bedroom terraced homes, alongside semi-detached and detached homes.
Along the Walkmill Lane front of the site, a ‘solid block of development’ is planned, which will be either flats or terraced homes.
A pub would be built in a prominent position adjacent to the A5, where developers say it could take advantage of passing trade.
Land to the south of the pub, meanwhile, would be left as ‘an extensive area of open space’ for recreational use and dog walkers.
The possibility of linking footpaths directly to the pedestrian bridge across the M6 Toll road is also being explored according to GVA, which would provide access to recreational areas to the south of the motorway.
Maureen Freeman, a parish councillor for Bridgtown, says that while she cannot prejudge anything before it is put before Cannock Chase Council, she welcomes the plans as they stand.
“I know people at Vine Court with mobility problems are really struggling to cross the A5,” said Councillor Freeman.
“They’re trying to cross Watling Street on their mobility scooters – it’s awful.”
“People already living at the housing estate and the care home struggle to get across the A5 to the shops, so if the plans were to include a pub – and possibly some form of convenience store. I’m sure people would welcome it.”