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Wolverhampton 'dumping ground' to be transformed into homes site

By Gurdip Thandi | Wolverhampton | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A "blot" on the Wolverhampton landscape which has become a magnet for fly-tippers is to be transformed into a housing development.

Land on the corner of Ettingshall Road and Sweetbriar Road where new housing will be built. Photo: Google

Wolverhampton Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the authority’s own proposal to build seven two-bedroom and two four-bedroom homes on land on the corner of Ettingshall Road and Sweetbriar Road.

The patch of land has a number of trees on it but a report to Tuesday’s committee said it had attracted a lot of fly-tipping.

Planning officers said the new social housing will be built to high standards and would enhance the area.

But the application did attract some objections from residents about the loss of the trees and the negative impact on the area.

'Decline'

In the planning report, one objection was described as: "Social/council housing will lead to decline in clean and tidy residential area, some residents would prefer private housing."

But the committee agreed with officers and said the new housing scheme would enhance the area significantly and granted permission.

Councillor Phil Page said: "I must say, in it’s present condition, it is a blot on the landscape. It has just been used as a dumping ground.

"I think the proposal would only be beneficial to the area and also beneficial to the site because it needs to be cleaned up. So I am supporting this application."

Planning committee chairman Councillor Keith Inston added: "I can only concur. The site is a mess, the area is a mess and this could only improve the area and the living conditions of people who surround it."

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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