Planning permission granted for homes on former school land

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

This follows a previous refusal of permission on the site in January, with national consultancy Pegasus Group being brought in to secure approval on behalf of Persimmon Homes.

The application had been refused because the design, siting, layout and landscaping of the proposed development failed to respond to the historic context of the site, it’s former green space provision and its relationship with the wider Stourbridge Old Quarter.

Pegasus Group’s urban design team worked closely with Persimmon Homes to obtain the backing of Dudley Council.

Jim Weddell, Director at Pegasus Group, 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.”

Improvements to the plans included reducing the number of homes from 59 to 52 to create a lower 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 and the inclusion of a public open space with landscaping, additional tree planting and pedestrian link through to Lion Passage.