Barratt West Midlands with Hackberry Developments are to build 250 new homes on the former BT telecommunications centre at Yarnfield. Since its sale, office buildings and 1960s residential blocks had become vacant; however, the company still uses the site to run training courses.
Outline planning permission to demolish the old office blocks and 1960s residential blocks was originally granted in April 2012 but alterations delayed the scheme’s final approval until early last month.
There will be 43 two-bedroom, 48 three-bedroom, 109 four-bedroom and 50 five-bedroom homes built in 16 different house types including three-storey apartment blocks. The development will include some affordable homes.
The development includes plans for a sports pavilion and a parking site for parents picking up pupils at nearby Springfield First School. The scheme will also provide for the retention of the existing conference business which is privately run.
But at an earlier meeting with members of the Borough Council, residents of next-door Boothstone Park had expressed fears of being overlooked by three-storey properties directly opposite.
However, Barratt said it had already accounted for concerns over privacy. Malcolm Payne, external architect, said;
“The windows of the three-storey building overlooking Boothstone Park will be at an angle so they will not be directly overlooking their homes. The height of a number of homes closest to Boothstone Park will be slightly lower than the rest.”
“We are pleased to have received a committee resolution to grant planning permission, subject to the legal agreements, for a new development of homes at Yarnfield Park, said Wynne Thomas, Land Director at Barratt Homes West Midlands.
“We hope to begin work in July 2013 and the first homes will be ready to move into in early 2014.”