Plans for 200 homes in Cheslyn Hay withdrawn after neighbours' opposition

Controversial plans to build 200 homes on land in Cheslyn Hay have been withdrawn.

The site. Photo: Taylor Wimpey's design and access statement
The site. Photo: Taylor Wimpey's design and access statement

More than 600 people signed a petition against the application for the site in Landywood Lane and developers have now withdrawn the plans on South Staffordshire Council’s website.

The plans included a full application for 50 homes, new access from Landywood Lane, a car park to serve Landywood station, and landscaping as well as an outline planning application for up to 200 homes, open space and allotments.

A total of 90 people sent objections to the council, and there were no comments in support.

And former MP Gavin Williamson commented on the application saying he received 353 letters and 611 signatures on a petition objecting.

The site. Photo: Taylor Wimpey

In the planning documents it says: "The proposals for the land off Landywood Lane is to create a new development of high quality housing with an appropriate amount of affordable housing, a place of distinctive character.

"The site is in a sustainable location well connected to local amenities and has a high quality public open space provision.

"The site is currently poor quality primarily agricultural land and is semi improved grassland with areas of marshy grassland grazed by cattle with boundaries formed by protected woodlands.

"Much of the application site and extensive areas to the south and west have been adversely affected by a history of underground and opencast mining of coal and clay extending over a period in excess of 120 years and as a consequence the associated shafts left unresolved remain a significant hazard to the safety of the general public.

"The current land use has been very much restricted by the limitations placed upon it as a result of historical damage caused and lack of shaft restoration."

The first 50 homes would have been a mix of two three and four bedroomed houses, of which 20 would have been affordable.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: "We have decided to withdraw our application to build on Landywood Lane in Great Wyrley but would like to thank the local community for their feedback and cooperation throughout the process."

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