New homes for former industrial estate in Cradley Heath

Published 1st August 2019

A 135-home development is to be built on a former Cradley Heath industrial estate.

The plan by Galliford Try Partnerships is for the former Woods Lane industrial site close to the local train station.

The plan, which has been approved by Sandwell Council, includes a variety of housing types ranging from one/two bedroom apartments to three/four bedroom houses.

It is anticipated that the scheme will bring regeneration and growth to an area that has historically suffered from industrial decline and will provide much-needed new homes for the Cradley Heath area.

Sandwell Council has worked for a number of years to bring forward development on the site and was previously successful in securing funding to demolish the existing industrial units, which occurred in 2016.

Councillor, Joanne Hadley, cabinet member for homes, said: “The development on the site demonstrates the council’s commitment to enable the delivery of new, affordable housing and ensures that Sandwell continues to become an aspirational place where people decide to live, work and raise their families.

"The area itself has been used for industrial purposes for a long time. This is a golden opportunity to use the land for house building in such a prestigious plot near the station. It's a good news story.

"This land for house building has been in the pipeline for a while so we are pleased it is finally coming to fruition."

Chris Handy, Black Country LEP board member, said: "This is great news for Cradley Heath and the Black Country. 

"We look forward to seeing this development of new homes move forward, creating much needed high-quality homes in this area. 

"The Black Country LEP are working in partnership with Sandwell Council and Galliford Try to ensure we deliver affordable homes encouraging more people to choose the Black Country as the place to live."

James Warrington, Galliford Try Partnerships West Midlands regional managing director, added: "This site in Cradley Heath involves challenging ground conditions which were presenting barriers to unlocking the development opportunity.

"Working with Accord and Sandwell to secure gap funding from the Black Country LEP, is a great example of partnership working to bring forward much-needed new housing for the area."