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Derelict row of shops in Willenhall to be demolished for homes plan

A transformation of a derelict row of shops into much needed new homes for Willenhall has moved a step closer after approval was given for demolition.

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Empty shops and garages in Shelley Road, Willenhall, which could become houses. PIC: Walsall Housing Group

Walsall Housing Group (whg) will tear down the former shops and 18 garage units on the corner of Shelley Road and Keats Road and replace them with two and three bedroom properties.

Prior approval for the demolition, which is now expected to start in early March, was granted by Walsall Council planning officers.

The housing provider said the properties have stood empty for years and the new homes will be made available for affordable rent once they are built.

They added the most recent use of the site was by local fire fighters who carried out a training exercise there.

An outline method statement said: “The building will be demolished starting with the removal of furniture and fittings, carrying out soft stripping of the various elements followed by using hand and mechanical / machine demolition methods.

“These activities will be carried out with continuous noise control, vibration limitations and dust suppression controls.

“Where possible, materials will be re-cycled from the demolition process by use on site or through the demolition appointed contractor’s arrangements.

“Vehicle movement to and from the site along with the routes taken in the surrounding area will be managed to avoid disruption.”

After the building and foundations are removed, the ground will be prepared for mine shaft investigations. Once those are complete and full planning permission is given, the site will be redeveloped.

Rebecca Bennett Casserly, Corporate Director of Development, said: “This redevelopment will be a welcome addition to the community, helping to revitalise the area by replacing unsightly and derelict buildings with quality, affordable homes.

“We know local residents are keen to see something happen here. I hope they welcome the proposals we are putting forward for planning, which form part of a wider approach to create more new homes by making the best use of our disused assets.”