Council awards housing scheme full marks for two former Sutton Coldfield school sites
25th July 2013
Birmingham City Council have granted outline planning approval for the construction of up to 69 new houses on two former school sites in Sutton Coldfield, with any potential developer being asked to commit funding for a new library and revamped playground.
The vacant sites are at Lindridge Road and Woodington Road – sites of the former Langley and Woodington primary schools.
The council also insisted upon an a Section 106 agreement from developers to commit finances for both 'open space and education', which in practice will mean revamped children's play facilities and a new library.
The scheme will see up to 27 residential dwellings built on the old Woodington site, which closed 18 years ago and up to 42 residential properties built on the former Langley School site, 4 years after closure.
Birmingham Property Services in the supporting statement said: "The most appropriate and preferred option for both sites is for residential development, to provide a mix of dwelling sizes to supplement availability within the local housing market.
"Both sites will remain vacant unless a viable alternative use can be identified".
It is anticipated two, three, four and five bedroom homes will be constructed to meet 'market demand'.
The new homes will also bring rewards to the Council in the form of the New Homes Bonus, a Government scheme giving Local authorities the equivalent of 6 years council tax per every new home built.
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