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TAMWORTH GOLF COURSE: Massive new housing estate approved

TAMWORTH GOLF COURSE: Massive new housing estate approved

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Redesigned plans for part of a massive new housing estate on a former Tamworth golf course have been given the green light.

Tamworth Borough Council approved outline plans for the development of 1,100 new homes on the land off Eagle Drive, Amington, more than five years ago.

And the latest application involves a detailed re-plan of part of the third phase of the development, which already had permission for 22 properties.

The fresh proposals put forward involve the substitution of seven houses and an apartment block of 15 units with 13 houses. They were previously approved in June 2020 but returned to the planning committee on Tuesday (March 2) for reconsideration.

A report to Tuesday’s meeting said: “It has been necessary to undertake a re-consultation and re-assessment of this planning application, to determine the required level of developer contributions.

“This section of the site is located to the northern side of the site adjacent to the approved nature reserve. There will be no loss of affordable properties but there will be a change in the housing mix provided within this phase of the development.

“The proposal shows a net reduction of nine dwellings and needs to be considered in the context of the surrounding development which is under construction and the extant consent for 22 dwellings and balanced against the requirement to provide an appropriate mix across the whole of the development.”

Committee members approved the latest proposals on Tuesday.

But Councillor Patrick Standen, who abstained from voting, said: “I think when we, as a planning committee, give permission we shouldn’t be getting changes every few months come in on an application. Once it’s gone through it should really stay unchanged unless something material on the ground changes.

“It always seems to be not quite in favour of what would be for the average person in Tamworth. I’m a bit concerned at how many four bedroom plus homes there are here. As I’ve previously stated, it’s well above the housing mix in the policies.”

Words: Kerry Ashdown, Local Democracy Reporter

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