New housing set to fill black hole left by Comet

The site of the former Comet

Twenty-nine new homes are set to be built on the site of a former Birmingham pub following approval for the scheme by the city’s planning committee.

The former Comet pub in Collingbourne Avenue, Hodge Hill, was demolished eight years ago and since then the land has become a dumping ground for flytippers and other anti-social behaviour.

The new homes will comprise 24 houses and five flats, with the permission also covering car parking provision, rear gardens and an area of public open space in the west of the application site arranged in a small cul-de sac with a separate private drive.

The houses will comprise a mix of two and two-and-a-half storey dwellings, with a mix of three one-bed flats, two two-bed flats plus 12 two-bed houses, eight three bed houses and four four-bed houses.

When the pub was open there was a bowling green and an area of open space at the back of the site.

To compensate for the loss of the amenity land, the council has stipulated that a section 106 agreement be agreed, with the developer contributing £14,025 to compensate for the loss of the bowling green and £155,975 for the loss of public open space, with the funding being directed to the maintenance of the public open space at the adjacent Bromford Bridge Estate.

It has also stipulated that at least three of the new homes be designated for social housing use.

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