Housing set to replace industrial estate

By Geoff Berkeley 22/03 Updated: 22/03 16:26

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MULTI-million pound plans to transform an industrial estate into a new housing development have been submitted to council planners.

The proposed 16-acre development, which has been tabled by developers St Modwen, would see 170 homes, along with open space and a children’s play area built on the Gregory’s Bank Industrial Estate site, off Merriman’s Hill.

The homes would range from one to five bedrooms, with some overlooking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, while the majority would be situated in the centre of the residential area.

Mike Timmins, senior planning surveyor at St Modwen, believes the scheme would breathe new life into the area and transform the mostly-vacant industrial estate into a safe, attractive and thriving neighbourhood.

“This proposal will significantly enhance the visual quality of the site and has people at its heart,” Mr Timmins said.

“It will bring a semi-vacant urban brownfield site back into beneficial use in a manner that is in keeping with its setting.

“Our scheme has been carefully developed following local public consultation and provides additional family housing required by the community.

“The infrastructure has been designed to allow convenient pedestrian and cycle movement, allowing for more sustainable modes of transport and contributing to a reduction in emissions.”

If the plans are approved work could start in the autumn.

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