Plans for a £3.6 million development of 37 new homes at Mossley Estate, Bloxwich have been given the green light by planning bosses.
Walsall Council approved a planning application from leading local housing provider Walsall Housing Group (whg) to build twenty two-bedroom and seventeen three-bedroom homes at Fisher Road.
The development, due to start in February, will provide much-needed family homes.
All the homes will be available for affordable rent. This means they will be made available to tenants at up to a maximum of 80 per cent of market rent and allocated to those applying for homes via choose & move.
The brownfield site is going to be developed by contractor Willmott Dixon on behalf of whg, with the expectation of handing over the homes to new residents in March 2014.
Funding for the project comes from the Homes and Communities Agency and whg.
The scheme forms part of whg’s ambitious plans to provide around 255 homes by early 2014.
Mark Tranter, Head of Development at whg, said: “We know there is a strong need for more affordable homes in our area, and this scheme is one way we are looking to address that.
“We are committed to developing affordable housing to ensure people in need have access to quality homes.
“Following consultation events we have held with residents to discuss our plans, we know that local people are happy to be seeing the site, which has been derelict for a number of years, be developed into family homes.”
Mossley Estate is a former Walsall Council estate constructed after the second world war. The name dates back to at least 1840, and originates as an old farmer’s field name, Mosley (sic) Field, upon which the estate was built.
whg owns and manages around 19,000 mainly former Council properties across Walsall, including Bloxwich, Aldridge, Brownhills, Darlaston, Willenhall and central Walsall, housing almost 40,000 people.Artist’s impression of the Fisher Road development courtesy whg