Flats approved for site of former car showroom in Wednesbury
A trio of apartment buildings are set to be built on the site of a former car showroom.
Sandwell Council’s planning committee has given the green light for 30 new flats to be built on the old Wednesbury Motors showroom and garage in Holyhead Road, Wednesbury.
The 30 new flats would be built across three blocks with a car park behind.
With the application only agreeing on the number of flats and the planned layout, it was unanimously approved without debate by Sandwell Council’s planning committee at a meeting on Wednesday.
A separate application showing the design and scale of the flats would have to be submitted to Sandwell Council and approved again before any work could take place.
The buildings associated with the former car and van sales garage on the corner of Holyhead Road and Monway Terrace were demolished in 2021.
Ahead of the meeting, planning officers at Sandwell Council had recommended the application should be approved.
The plans look to have first been put forward in March 2021 but were then redrawn – with the original request to build 40 two-bed apartments across three five-and-six-storey blocks dropping to 30 flats.
Holyhead Road and the surrounding area have been earmarked as part of a ‘regeneration corridor’ between Wednesbury and West Bromwich by Sandwell Council – where it is also classed as a major site for future housing.
More than 1,700 homes would be built under the regeneration plans with around half of them built in and around Wednesbury town centre. This would be because of the “large areas of underused or marginal industrial land,” the council said.
Wednesbury is also set to receive £20 million in government ‘levelling up’ money. The plans include money to build 650 new homes around the West Midlands Metro extension between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill.