Plan submitted for new homes on Corbett Meadow, Amblecote
PLANS for the construction of 84 new homes on the last undisturbed parcel of land at Amblecote have now been formally submitted to Dudley planners.
Charles Church, part of the Persimmon Group, has submitted a planning application seeking permission to develop Corbett Meadow at the rear of Corbett Ambulatory Care Center into a new housing estate and public park.
Activists feared the possibility of development on the former grassland, which was once part of The Hill estate, which is a wildlife oasis.
Action group Corbet Meadow have demanded that the plan be shelved and that the land off Vicarage Road be used for the benefit of people’s health, as John Corbett intended when he left the site to the residents of Stourbridge.
The group sketched out ideas for creating an eco-friendly wellness center that would lead to green prescribing.
However, the appeal to the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, owners of the land, fell on deaf ears and a planning application has now been lodged with Dudley Council’s planning department.
A design and access statement submitted to planners states: ‘The proposed development has the potential to provide new homes within the Dudley urban area, whilst also contributing to the provision of publicly accessible open space.’
The document, prepared by Armstrong Burton Architects on behalf of Charles Church, says the plan would provide much-needed housing and provide public access to the site which is currently used for grazing.
It says: “The development will provide publicly accessible open space over the best areas of grassland, while retaining the trees and ponds in place, seeking to retain the best areas of species-rich grassland for the local community as well as the future residents.
It says the proposal would provide a range of family homes, 25% of which would be affordable housing, with priority given to properties for key workers.
The development would be known as Amblecote Grange and would feature a mix of two, three, four and some five bedroom homes, with parking spaces, designed to suit a mix of young professionals, first time buyers times, families and people in reduction.
There would also be a village square, an informal play area, an orchard and a main access road lined with lime trees reflecting the Victorian era.
The design and access statement states that a “well-connected network of streets and paths is proposed” – with connections to existing residential developments and green spaces – and it adds: “The benefits arising from this development the outweigh the impact on the local landscape and reduced area of agricultural land, instead contributing to the Black Country’s strategy of housing delivery through sustainable development.
A planning statement adds: ‘The financial investment in the NHS will come from the sale of the site, which represents social and economic benefit from the development, while the development will also support a significant number of jobs during the construction phase. .”
A spokesperson for the Corbett Meadow Action Group, which recently held a public meeting to present its alternative wellness center proposal at the site, has promised to hold another public meeting to discuss next steps.
A spokesperson for the group said: ‘We will fight this planning request. “Together with all our home supporters, we will fight hard.”
Individuals can submit their views on the bid via the Dudley Council planning portal (search for bid number P22/1050).