Shops and flats plan for disused 'eyesore' Wednesbury land
A disused piece of land in Wednesbury that has become a magnet for fly-tipping could be transformed into shops and apartments.
Plans have gone in to Sandwell Council for the construction of four retail units and eight apartments above them, with associated parking, on Leabrook Road.
Applicant Jagpal Singh said the site has lain empty for more than 20 years and added that the development would breathe new life into the area.
Permission was previously granted for the land, situated next to a convenience store, to be converted into a car park but that was never built.
In the design and access statement, the applicants said: “The new scheme will bring a vibrancy to the area, regenerating this corner of the road so that there will be a benefit to the local economy whilst reducing anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.
“The site has been vacant, it is understood, for over 20 years and not much is known about its history.
“In 1998, the site was granted permission for a car park which was never constructed but this demonstrates that the site has been previously considered suitable for development. This work, for whatever reason, wasn’t taken for ward at the time.
“At present, the overgrown site with fencing and rubbish is an eyesore and there is potential to create a gateway building similar to Heanton Mill Court.
“The works overall will have little impact on the environment, seeking to bring vacant space back into use, making use of an important location in Wednesbury, meeting demand for accommodation and ensuring the long term sustainability of the site.
“The scheme should therefore be supported, in line with previously approved development in and around the area.”
Sandwell Council planners are currently considering the application.