A comprehensive development scheme at Carrington Road/School Road, Friar Park in early stages of development. The Carrington Road/School Road shops have been in a state of decline for several years and its comprehensive redevelopment is essential to ensure social, economic and environmental improvements in line with Sandwell’s 2030 vision.
The sites regeneration will improve the appearance of the area, reduce anti-social behaviour and increase local provision. Redevelopment of the sites with modern residential accommodation of 26 homes will improve the immediate area, public realm, street scene and the asset base of the borough by providing much needed affordable, high quality, energy efficient housing and local convenience and stores.
Friar Park Road
A huge swathe of former industrial land in Sandwell is to be turned into homes after lying derelict for decades.
The equivalent of more than 32 football pitches at Friar Park Road will be transformed into a 750-home community following the purchase of an old sewage works by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The former works, which has been bought from Midlands Land Portfolio Ltd (MLPL), the property development arm of Severn Trent plc, covers just under half the overall 26.4 hectare site, with the remaining majority of the site owned by Sandwell Council. The deal, a joint venture between Sandwell Council and WMCA, unlocks the biggest brownfield housing site in the region, helping to reduce pressure on the green belt.
The WMCA, of which Sandwell is a member, will fund a major clean-up of the land, which has been home to a hospital and iron foundry in the past. The WMCA will then work with the council on an ambitious masterplan for the site, with full community consultation, before bringing on board development partners.
Midlands Metro Extension
Sandwell is home to some of the busiest and most important transport links in the West Midlands. We need to boost these links to connect more people with jobs, homes and businesses across the Black Country and West Midlands.
Wednesbury is seeing enhancements to its transport and connectivity through the 11km extension of the West Midlands Metro line from Wednesbury Great Western Street to Brierley Hill. The route will also pass through Tipton and Dudley and is set to commence its passenger service in 2023.
This service will bring greater accessibility to Wednesbury, Sandwell and across the Black Country whilst also improving air quality and reducing noise.