Major development on Coseley/Tipton border takes next step

A huge new housing estate plan revived, years after concerns were first raised about a proposal for double the amount of homes, looks to be taking a step forward.

The new homes would be built on land off Birmingham New Road and Sedgley Road West on the Coseley/Tipton border. Image: Google
The new homes would be built on land off Birmingham New Road and Sedgley Road West on the Coseley/Tipton border. Image: Google

Houses have been earmarked for land at Birmingham New Road and Sedgley Road West, on the border of Coseley and Tipton, on the old Newey Business Park and Bean Foundry site.

The development would see old industrial buildings being demolished to make way for the new properties.

The latest plans are part of an original scheme for 925 homes which were given outline planning permission in March 2016 by Dudley Council.

That scheme has now been scaled back after it was decided the Wellington and Bean Road industrial estates will be retained for commercial use.

It takes its name after the firm Bean Motors which, under various owners, made cars and vehicles parts at the site close to Bean Road.

Back in 2011 plans were first revealed for a project called Coseley Eco Park which would have seen 200 homes and a supermarket built.

What the Coseley Eco Park plans looked like in 2011

Planning permission was granted a year later only for the project to stall. Proposals emerged for the site again in 2015 and were approved in 2016.

Since 2016, the plans’ proposers and planning officers have worked to address the impact on neighbouring homes and businesses such as the Biffa waste management facility.

The company had raised concerns the homes could lead to complaints from the new residents about noise and traffic from its site which operates for 24 hours, seven days a week.

Around 14 objections have been tabled to Dudley Council's planning department citing concerns around an increase in traffic, the amount of homes and demands on local schools and health centres.

This is what the new scheme looks like. Image: Dudley Council

But in a report to councillors, planning officers have said they are satisfied these fears have been addressed.

Recommending approval, they say: “Submitted information and revisions to proposals have confirmed that the scheme will constitute a sustainable development which is acceptable on in terms of both National and Local planning policy.

“The development is considered to have mitigated planning harm and subject to the imposition of appropriate conditions will have addressed physical and natural impacts arising from and to the surrounding environment.”

The application for reserve matters will be discussed by the planning committee on May 26.

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