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Work under way on 330 homes next to A449

Staffordshire | News | Published:

Work has started on a housing development at a former industrial site in Penkridge which will see at least 330 homes built.

The first phase of the scheme, which is off the A449 Stafford Road, started last month after permission to build the first 50 homes was granted.

Persimmon Homes, the developers of the project, has so far sold 16 homes from the proposed plans.

At the start of the year, further plans to an extra 274 houses built on the site were sent to South Staffordshire Council.

The developers have since applied approval to start on phases two and three of the development which they hope will to get passed in the next couple of months.

Stephen Cleveley, sales director for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: "We already have outline planning consent for the revamp of the former Lyne Hill Industrial Estate, which will see up to 330 homes in total.

"In December, planning permission was granted for 50 homes – the first phase of the scheme and work has already begun on their construction and our first sales release has resulted in 16 being sold from plan.

"In January detailed proposals for phases two and three – which will see a total of 274 houses built – were submitted to South Staffordshire Council.

"As part of that planning process, we have applied for reserved matters approval relating to the remaining two phases of development, which we hope to gain consent for towards the end of June."

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Plans include a newly constructed public open space, new access onto Boscomoor Lane and the construction of a pedestrian and cycle way along the former railway line.

Subsequent homes will be accessed from Boscomoor Lane and will contain the majority of the housing.

Existing industrial units will need to be bulldozed to make way for the new properties.

Part of the plans is to include new affordable housing for new residents, with an allocation of 96 out of the 330 homes.

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The development will 'complement the natural features of the site'. This includes the trees and topography, and an enclosed play area for children will be created using a mix of existing trees and new formal planting.

The existing stream in the area will now comprise what the developer calls the Waterside, adding an additional pond.

The buildings themselves will be no taller than two-and-a-half storeys. and have six distinct areas: the Waterside, the Eastern/Western Main Streets, the Suburban Edge, the Formal Urban Square, the Central Green and The Mews.

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