‘Vibrant’ new apartment block planned

A “vibrant” new apartment block could replace a Walsall car wash and tyre sales business, if plans are given the green light.

An artist impression of the proposed apartment block on Wednesbury Road, Walsall. PIC: J Mason Associates
An artist impression of the proposed apartment block on Wednesbury Road, Walsall. PIC: J Mason Associates

Cannock-based EDS Couriers wants to built the 14-apartment building on Wednesbury Road – a main gateway in and out of Walsall town centre.

The developer said the proposal would produce high quality, as well as affordable, housing to the community, while also providing potential extra revenue for businesses in and around the area.

All 14 of the flats would be two bedroom, with 21 car parking spaces provided as well as green area created within the scheme.

The application, for the change of use from car wash and tyre retailer to residential use, is currently being considered by Walsall Council planning officers.

In the application, agents J Mason Associates said: “The site could be viewed as an ideal opportunity to create additional housing, strengthening the local community by making use of land, which forms part of a long standing, established community.

“The site is currently used as business premises for a hand car wash and tyre retailer.

“The proposed scheme will provide new residential accommodation, creating a vibrant edition to the local community.

“The five fundamental characteristics that the proposed development will exhibit are: It will play a central role in establishing a new part of the community in the area; It will deliver high quality accommodation to the local community; It will deliver affordable homes to the local community; It will develop the site, allowing additional potential revenue for local businesses in Walsall; It will act as a high-quality example of well designed, considered housing.”

They added: “The implementation of green infrastructure along the Wednesbury Road is an attempt to make not only the site, but the surrounding area a healthier place for both residents of the proposed scheme but also existing residents in the area.

“The proposed scheme is an ideal opportunity to introduce trees, hedges, and plants to an area which for most of the 20th century, has had little in the way of green space despite the density of population rising significantly.

“The benefits of good place making not only improve the physical health of both residents and neighbours, but also the mental health by giving people a connection to the natural environment."

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