A PROPOSAL to flatten a shed selling business in Cradley to make way for an apartment block has been submitted to planners.
The request to demolish the Himley Garden buildings on Cradley Forge has been forwarded to Dudley Council.
He proposes to construct a three-storey building housing seven apartments – two apartments would be on the ground floor, three on the first floor and three more on the second floor.
Notes to planners state: “The application site currently comprises a small light industrial unit with associated external access, parking and storage areas.”
They continue: “This development application proposes the release of all existing buildings and structures from the site and their replacement with a new residential block comprising seven apartments, with associated access, parking areas and private amenity space at the back.”
The program would include three one-bedroom apartments, three two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment.
Five of the apartments would have balconies overlooking the River Stour to the north.
The application states: “Given the positioning of the proposed building towards the front of the site and away from existing residential properties to the west, it is considered that the project represents an opportunity to make a design break between the old and new, and to introduce a more ambitious, bespoke three-storey building which would make a positive contribution to the street scene and the character of the wider area.”
It goes on to say that the block would ‘provide new housing’ and ‘allow more efficient use of available brownfield land, meeting a clear need for housing in the local community without detracting from the amenity of the area or the ‘existing. inhabitants.’
There would be seven parking spaces.
The application, in Cradley and Wollescote wards, will be considered by Dudley Council planners.