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Dozens of homes and village green planned for Wolverhampton's historic Bushbury Pools

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The historic former Bushbury Pools site in Wolverhampton is poised to be transformed with 50 houses under new plans.

Developers want to build homes and a village green at the rundown former pool in Low Hill, which has been plagued by fly-tippers in recent years.

A planning application for the site, which has now been filed in, has been submitted to planners at Wolverhampton council.

The proposals have been put forward by Wolverhampton-based J&J Properties Limited and will also see parking and the retention of a pond.

They hope to build two and three-bedroom properties in two-storey townhouse-style buildings.

Planning documents say: "The aim of the scheme is to create an attractive place for people to live and enjoy themselves in an environment that fosters a strong sense of neighbourhood and community.

"The objective is to develop the site to provide much needed residential development in the Wolverhampton locality."

Councillor Peter Bilson, deputy leader of Wolverhampton council and also ward councillor for Bushbury South and Low Hill said residential development would be 'welcomed' and he was not aware of any objections.

"Subject to how many units are going to be developed and making sure it's not over-developed. Also subject to the access arrangements, as Showell Road is a narrow road, subject to all those things being satisfied, I don't think there should be many problems."

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The historic site was also known as Showell Pool, since the late 19th century. Documents submitted with the plans stated that the launch of the city's first lifeboat was at the site on August 27, 1866.

In recent years, however, the land has experienced severe neglect and fly-tipping, which resulted in significant damage to the pond.

The disrepair of the site left fish suffering from disease.

After buying the site, J&J Properties removed infected fish and they were taken for treatment. The pool was sold in 2012 after going on the market for £150,000. Before being sold, it was used as a syndicated fishing area.

It was sold off with options of it being kept as a fishing pool or being filled in put forward. Planning permission was then granted for the site to be filled in 2013.

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