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Apartment plans for former Kinver social club site rejected over flooding fears

By Kerry Ashdown | South Staffordshire | News | Published:

Plans to build a new apartment block on the site of a derelict former social club near Stourbridge have been rejected by councillors because of flood risk concerns.

The site is off Kinver's High Street. Photo: Google Maps

Planning officers at South Staffordshire Council had recommended the proposals for the former Royal British Legion site off Kinver High Street be refused permission.

And at their latest meeting, members of the council’s planning committee backed the refusal of the plans.

A report to the committee said: “The proposed development is located within Flood Zones 3, 2 and 1 of the flood map for planning for the River Stour.

"The application has failed to show that the proposed development would be safe and that any residual flood risk can be overcome.”

The application was previously brought to a planning committee in August 2019, but deferred so that proper consideration of comments from the Environment Agency and a response to be received from the Emergency Planning Officer.

Nine apartments had been proposed for the new block, following demolition of the old social club building.

But Kinver Parish Council objected to initial proposals for eight two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments on the grounds they were an over development of the site.

There were also concerns there would not be enough parking spaces for the site.

The committee report added: “Objections and representations were received from the Railway Club (KSCA) and three other interested parties who have concerns regarding the access, lack of parking and flooding.”

Kerry Ashdown

By Kerry Ashdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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