Plans for a £110 million development in the Sandwell and Birmingham area to make way for 975 homes and 11ha of open space are going ahead despite negative feedback from CABE.
The Cape Hill Brewery scheme, privately funded by Persimmon Homes, has had outline planning consent granted by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council but is awaiting approval from Birmingham City Council.
The brownfield scheme will make way for a new area of woodland, sports ground and open space. But in a meeting about the scheme, CABE said: “The open space provided is inadequate for the residents.”
In response to CABE’s comment, Sandwell Council regeneration and transport cabinet member Bob Badham said: “It is perhaps unfortunate that CABE chose to review out-of-date plans, to which much of the criticism refers.”
Regeneration director Rob Rosson from Birmingham-Sandwell Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder scheme Urban Living believes it is “important” to take on board comments made by CABE, but says that Persimmon has addressed most of the negative points.
Persimmon Homes land director Daniel Le Neveu said: “Persimmon is doing all it can to address any negative comments made by CABE but we will go ahead as planned as soon as permission is granted.”
Former landowner Coors Brewers handed over the derelict site to Persimmon Homes in 2000 for sustainable development.
Plans for residential development are due to start this year.
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