29th May, 2020

61-home proposal for former Bromsgrove Council House to go before planners

AN APPLICATION for 61 homes to be built on the former Bromsgrove District Council House site will go before planners on Monday.

If given the green light, 18 houses, four maisonettes and 39 apartments will replace the buildings currently on the land on Burcot Lane which have been derelict since 2015 when the council relocated to its current Parkside base.

Of the properties, 37 will be for private rent and there will be 18 affordable homes – 12 social rent and six shared-ownership.

Six will be put on the open market.

The scheme, announced last month by Bromsgrove District Council, was made possible by a substantial grant from Homes England as part of its Local Authority Accelerated Construction Programme which enables councils to build housing quicker by working in partnership with developers.

Bromsgrove’s housing shortage, particularly affordable housing, is well-documented and the council hopes the development will help address those issues.

Officers have recommended full planning permission be given, subject to conditions and section 106 contributions for infrastructure and services.

Among them will be up to £82,654 towards healthcare services from Worcestershire Hospitals Acute NHS Trust, £195,256 for education provision (including first, middle, high and secondary schools and sixth-form) and £27,761 to increase GP capacity.

There will also be more than £5,000 needed towards refuse and recycling and contributions for other facilities – such as toddler and junior play, junior sport and adult fitness – are yet to be decided.

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