A currently derelict / unused site covering 31.49 acres. The site forms part of a joint venture with Midlands Land Portfolio Limited, for the planning promotion of a portfolio covering over 300 acres.
The site is located off Friar Park Road in the Bescot area of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. The site is in close proximity to Junction 9 of the M6 and is directly to the south of the railway sidings adjacent Junction 8 of the M6. The surrounding uses to the south and west are predominantly residential with some commercial uses also present.
31.49 Brownfield site formerly used for the storage of sewage sludge. Sludge remains on site albeit beneath topsoil and grassland. Allocated for residential development (alongside adjacent land owned by Sandwell MBC) in the adopted Development Plan.
This site was promoted through the local plan and secured as an allocation for residential development alongside adjoining landholdings owned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Extensive discussions were undertaken with Sandwell to secure a collaboration agreement and facilitate the development of this site. Alongside these discussions detailed site investigation work was undertaken to establish contamination issues prevalent and the extent of remediation required. This was also critical to establish scheme viability and site capacity.
Following these discussions and the additional site work undertaken the West Midlands Combined Authority declared an interest in the land and following extensive negotiations WMCA completed acquisition in October 2019.”
Note: The Midlands Land portfolio covers 11 sites across the Midlands and West Country and includes a variety of uses such as former waster water treatment works, office buildings, reservoirs and agricultural land. Northern Trust are managing the sites promotion through the planning system prior to disposal.