Longbridge developers St Modwen recently submitted several planning applications for the next phase of the development to Birmingham City Council.
And yesterday (14/11/13) the council’s planning committee could not reach a decision on plans for the next phase of housing development.
Recent applications submitted by St Modwen included three for further housing to be built on the site of the demolished MG Rover car plant.
If permission is granted, the sites at Lickey Road and Low Hill Lane will provide up to 400 new apartments and houses, including affordable houses to rent and buy through shared equity.
David Dodge, Senior Residential Development Surveyor commented: “New homes at Longbridge have already proved extremely popular, all properties are now sold in the first two phases of our Park View development.
“The creation of almost 400 new homes, including affordable houses to rent and buy, represents a significant investment and is further evidence of our commitment to making the regeneration of Longbridge a success.”
However, at yesterday’s planning committee meeting, concerns were expressed at housing being built in such close proximity to the MG factory, fearing it may hinder any future development and expansion. It was confirmed that the land had previously been offered to MG, but that they had declined it.
But Barry Henley, Labour councillor for Brandwood, expressed concern at turning over more historically industrial land to housing development and called for more analysis of the site’s development before a decision was made.
Argued that 3 housing applications at Longbridge should be deferred for an issues paper analyzing strategic implications for employment land
— Barry Henley (@barryhenley) November 14, 2013
The committee agreed and the decision on the applications was deferred until council officers have carried out a strategic review of the Longbridge development.
John Dodds, Midlands Regional Director of St Modwen said: “St. Modwen is naturally disappointed at the deferral of the planning applications that would, if approved, have continued the extremely successful regeneration of Longbridge that will bring major benefits to the area.
“We will continue to assist the council officers in any way we can in producing the additional information they require to support the next phase of our development proposals.”