Reduced Netherton canalside homes plan set for approval

More than 90 new canalside homes look set to be built on a disused Netherton industrial site.

The entrance to the proposed housing site on Marriott Road, Netherton. Photo: Google Maps
The entrance to the proposed housing site on Marriott Road, Netherton. Photo: Google Maps

Dudley Council’s development control committee is expected to grant permission to Jahama Estates to create the development off Marriott Road, at a meeting on April 28.

The development will see building demolished on the site to make way for the 93 houses, with a new access road created to service it.

Developers had previously submitted plans for 112 homes on the site but this was considered too many and the revised proposal is now backed by planning officers.

During consultation with residents, there were three objections raised around issues including the loss of employment land and concerns of anti-social behaviour developing as a result of open space and new pathways created.

But in a report to committee, planning officers said: “The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in principle and provides safe access onto Marriott Road.

Benefits

“Moreover, through the submission of an updated indicative master plan the applicant has demonstrated that a satisfactory layout can be delivered within the site, as well ensuring appropriate noise mitigation measures can be provided to prevent conflict with adjoining commercial premises.”

In the application, planning agents Corstorphine & Wright said there were a number of benefits to the residential development.

This included turning a disused industrial site into an attractive canalside development and providing homes for the area.

They said: “The proposals create a layout, density and mix that helps to meets the local housing need and encourages a sustainable community.

“The scheme has been designed to preserve and enhance existing local features, landscaping and ecological features.

“The development has been progressed in close discussions with the Local Authority, as well as specialist consultants covering areas such as landscape, drainage and highways.

“The level of development balances need and suitability against recognition of its suburban location and the surrounding local character.

“The site is in a convenient and sustainable location, and the development will reinforce existing links and create new connections to the wider area.

“The design has considered issues of accessibility and security by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

“It also incorporates principles of sustainability, creating a neighbourhood that will evolve overtime.”

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