Homes plan set for approval

More than a dozen new homes are set to be built on the site of a former community centre, despite objections from neighbours.

An artist impression of the proposed new homes set to be built on the former Broadway North Resource Centre in Walsall. Photo: White Ridge Architecture
An artist impression of the proposed new homes set to be built on the former Broadway North Resource Centre in Walsall. Photo: White Ridge Architecture

Walsall Council’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the construction of 14 properties on the old Broadway North Resource Centre site.

The centre, which was closed in December 2019 and bulldozed last year, used to host a number of classes for people in the community.

In their application, developer Cameron Homes said: “Cameron Homes have aimed to create a development which represents good design and make the best use of available land whilst complying with respective planning policies.

“The development will provide a place which has recognisable character with lasting traditional qualities in which people will enjoy living in.”

The proposed large family homes will be either four or five bedroomed properties with space for two parking spaces provided with each house.

But the plan sparked opposition from a few nearby residents who voiced a number of concerns they had about the proposal.

These included worries about the number of homes earmarked for the site, the new properties overlooking existing ones and impacting on privacy and dust and noise pollution caused by construction.

There were also fears the development could lead to an increase in traffic and a potential threat to safety on the already busy Broadway North.

Planning officers said they have worked with the developer to address concerns raised and now believe the development brings more benefits to the town.

A report to committee said: “The proposed development will contribute to the housing targets for Walsall Council and is not considered to have any significantly adverse impact on the character of the area, residential amenity or community and highway safety.

“Taking into account the above factors it is considered that the application should be recommended for approval.

“It is considered there are no adverse impacts that would significantly or demonstrably outweigh the benefits of delivering up to 14 houses in this location.”

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