Published: 17th Jul 2020

The derelict site of a former bakery in Walsall is to be transformed after a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) funding deal to help build 88 new homes.  The deal, which will see the WMCA make more than £1.5m available for the clean-up of the land, is the latest in a series of disused industrial sites to be redeveloped under the authority’s ‘brownfield first’ regeneration programme. It clears the way for developer Vistry Partnerships to start construction of 88 new homes on the 4.6 acre site with 66 for private rent and a further 22 classed as affordable. The inclusion of affordable homes is a direct result of a standard WMCA investment clause requiring at least 20% of homes on any scheme given funding to be classed affordable under the combined authority’s own locally applied definition. Vistry, which was given planning permission for the scheme last month, has chosen to exceed the minimum requirement and make 25% of the new homes affordable. Throughout the lockdown the WMCA has continued to press ahead with its multi-million-pound investment programme … (To read the full article, subscribe below)