Planning permission granted for 52 new homes

Sector: Residential

Group News

Location: Longlands School, Stourbridge

Full planning permission has been granted for 52 new homes on the Former Longlands School, Bowling Green Road, Stourbridge.

Following the refusal of permission on the site in January this year, Pegasus Group were brought in and secured approval on behalf of Persimmon Homes, providing urban design/architecture and landscape design guidance.

The application had been refused because the ‘design, siting, layout and landscaping of the proposed development fails to respond to the historic context of the site, it’s former green space provision and its relationship with the wider Stourbridge Old Quarter which forms part of a wider Area of High Historic Townscape Value in that it does not consolidate, complement or enhance the existing positive and locally distinct characteristics of the area’.

Our urban design team, based in Cirencester, worked closely with Persimmon Homes to obtain the backing of Dudley Council.

Jim Weddell, one of our Directors, said: “We were confident that our revisions to the masterplan addressed all of the reasons for refusal of the previous application, and extremely pleased that approval has negated the need for an appeal.

“Some of the key changes made included:

  • Dwellings reduced from 59 to 52 to create a looser density in keeping with the predominant Victorian and Edwardian development of Stourbridge Old Quarter;
  • Consolidating the building arrangement in the south western corner to ensure properties front the new road which is a strong characteristic of Stourbridge Old Quarter;
  • A public open space with landscaping, additional tree planting and pedestrian link through to Lion Passage; and
  • Enhanced elevational treatment and features to dwellings in the western and eastern parts of the scheme to reflect and respond to the Arts and Crafts Victorian and Edwardian dwellings of Stourbridge Old Quarter. These treatments are achieved through bay windows to gable elevations, porches, dormer windows, chimneys, multi-brick and red brick facades, decorative brick stringer courses and grey and rustic roof tiles.”

Affordable housing will make up 25% of the development, while the private housing will comprise four x 2-bed properties, 23 3-bed and 12 4-bed properties.


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