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DERELICT LAND: Designs unveiled for canalside flats

DERELICT LAND: Designs unveiled for canalside flats

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New designs have been unveiled for canalside flats and houses planned for a derelict scrap of land next to a Solihull waterway.

A formal planning application has now been submitted for the new development earmarked for Lincoln Road wharf, in Olton.

The complex would consist of 15 two-bed apartments, a couple of semi-detached houses and 19 car parking spaces.

It is smaller in scale than a 28-flat scheme eventually withdrawn last spring but more extensive than a nine-home plan which was approved back in 2019.

As we reported last week, work to clear the site got underway in late April, with the warped remnants of a former petrol station among the structures pulled down.

Papers submitted to the planning department argue that the layout and footprint was similar to the scheme which secured permission two years ago.

“The proposal is meant to transform the otherwise derelict-looking land through regeneration,” it said.

“It has a similar design, height and Victorian-look [to] the already approved terraced houses on the site.”

The wharf area dates back to the 19th century, when the canal network was key to the region’s industry. It had been used as a coal merchant until at least the 1960s.

Later it was the location for an oil depot and petrol station, although these facilities were eventually decommissioned and have been out of use for some time.

Some residents living nearby were left surprised when clearance work started around a fortnight ago, with complaints of homes “shaking” as structures were toppled.

Developers Index Assets and Consulting said the activity was necessary to allow soil tests and similar procedures to be carried out and was likely to last a couple of weeks.

The latest proposals will be considered by Solihull Council in due course.

Much will depend on whether officials are satisfied about the parking arrangements, which was one of the main objections to the 28-apartment plan pulled a year ago.

Critics had said the scheme would simply add to the squeeze on space already apparent in the road, which is right on the border with Birmingham’s Acocks Green.


Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter

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