Affordable homes given the green light in Catshill

By Tristan Harris 31/05 Updated: 31/05 15:16

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WORK on 23 new homes will soon get underway after two planning applications submitted by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT) were given the go ahead.

At the planning committee meeting on Monday (May 28), a proposal for 16 properties on Cobnall Road was given approval. The scheme will be partly-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Bromsgrove District Council.

They will be a mix of a two-bedroom bungalow and eight one-bedroom flats for rent, along with seven new homes that can be bought on a shared-ownership basis. They will consist of five two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom ones.

At the meeting, it was also revealed that a former garage site, owned by BDHT, which makes up part of the site, had fallen victim to rubbish dumping, vandalism and anti-social behaviour. It is hoped the development will help eradicate that and improve the area.

BDHT has also been given permission to build seven two-bedroom bungalows for rent on Housman Close in Charford. That development will be on another piece of previously redundant land that had attracted anti-social behaviour.

Bromsgrove District Council handed over the land to BDHT for the scheme which has been made possible thanks to funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and the council.

BDHT development manager Chris Lewis said: “These planning approvals are crucial in helping BDHT to continue meeting the high demand for affordable housing in Bromsgrove which is our top priority."

He added it showed the importance of the trust and the council working together and that, judging by the reaction to the recent new homes in Perryfields, it was likely the properties would sell quickly.

For more, e-mail or call Eamon Thompson on 07792 192826. For more on shared ownership, visit

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