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Cabinet to decide future of former Brandhall Golf Course site

Published 12th July 2022

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet will consider five different options for the future of the former Brandhall Golf Course site in Oldbury when it meets on 20 July.

A report to the Cabinet meeting will also outline the findings of a public consultation on proposals for the site.

The five options for councillors to choose from are:

  • No change
  • Developing a new public park (35 hectares plus 1.47 hectares retaining Parsons Hill Park)
  • Providing land for a new primary school (2.68 hectares) and a new public park (32 hectares plus 1.47 hectares for Parsons Hill Park)
  • Providing land for a new primary school (2.68 hectares), a new public park (26 hectares plus 1.47 hectares for Parsons Hill Park) and around 190 new homes (5 hectares)
  • Providing land for a new primary school (2.68 hectares), a new public park (21.9 hectares plus 1.47 hectares for Parsons Hill Park) and around 360 new homes (9 hectares)

The council has a duty to consider and balance competing priorities for the area. These include ecology and the preservation of green space, the need for high-quality school facilities and significant demand for new housing, including affordable homes.

Each option would require different levels of investment, so councillors must also consider the impact on council resources and other local services when making their decision.

The report to Cabinet includes details of housing and school needs as well as technical information on ecology and Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINCs).

Proposals could see the first new public park created in Sandwell’s 48-year history. Cabinet will also consider whether to endorse the site or part of it as a SLINC.

The options to provide a new primary school would replace the existing Causeway Green Primary School, where buildings are now ageing and no longer economical to maintain.

The number of new homes needed in Sandwell is currently much greater than those being built. While Sandwell has a ‘brownfield first’ policy for development, even using all brownfield sites available will still leave a significant shortfall in how many new homes the government has calculated Sandwell will need over the coming years.

Councillor Peter Hughes, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the public consultation last November.

“We received nearly 500 responses and we have listened carefully to feedback and comments from local people.

“We are being as open and transparent in the decision-making process as we can, and the council is putting as much information as possible into the public domain.

“We will carefully consider all views as cabinet members now move on to choose from the range of detailed options for the future of the site. We will also look closely at the findings from both the public consultation and additional information gathered by officers over recent months.

“This will help us to choose which of the five options best meets the future needs of the local community, and Sandwell as a whole.”