Housing scheme set for green light

6th Jun 2011 Midlands

Housing scheme set for green light

A controversial 540,000 sq ft housing scheme in Perry Common, Birmingham, is set to go before councillors this Thursday (9 June). Plans for the development, which would create more than 220 houses, have been submitted by Persimmon Homes West Midlands. Despite objections towards the scheme, authority officers have recommended it is granted approval by Birmingham City Council's planning committee.

Wolverhampton-based Persimmon Homes West Midlands has submitted an application for the building of 226 apartments and houses on the land fronting Dovedale Road, Capilano Road, Wendover Road, Enderby Road and Jonquil Close on Perry Common.

The houses would be constructed on five separate parcels of land comprising a mix of detached, semi detached and terraced houses together. Plans for four blocks of three and four-storey apartments have also been put forward.

The five sites, which span a total of 540,348 sq ft of land, will include 107 three-bedroom houses; 40 four-bedroom houses; 39 two-bedroom houses; 38 two-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom flats.

Persimmon has proposed that 76 of the dwellings will be available under the its shared equity ownership scheme.

Alongside the creation of the apartments and houses, the developer has included plans for 384 car parking spaces across the five plots of land.

Persimmon Homes' application – which is seeking full planning approval – has been met with complaints from local residents.

Objectors cite an "unacceptable" rise in traffic and noise, the creation of additional parking problems, disruption during construction work and a rise in crime as issues with the proposals.

An additional complaint included the scheme potentially changing "the whole view of the area". Other objectors claimed an "excessive number" of dwellings was being proposed, along with complaints that the block of flats was "out of character and will also cause parking and road safety problems".

One objector added that no more houses were needed in the area as "it is already difficult to sell existing ones".

Despite the issues raised by residents, officers have recommended the scheme for approval subject to a legal agreement.

The officer's report also states that approval will be recommended under the condition that a financial contribution of £1.85m is paid towards the provision of offsite infrastructure and open space works including the laying out of new open space, improvements to Perry Common Recreation Ground. The contribution will also be used to finance the site's future maintenance, new play facilities and additional highway improvement works.

Councillors will vote on the scheme this Thursday (9 June).

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