School site sold to developer in £2.7m deal

A former Worcestershire school site has been sold to Cameron Homes for over £2.7m.

The developer will build 57 houses on the 5.36-acre site, a portion of which will be retained by Wyre Forest District Council to provide a green corridor and nature area.

Instructed by Place Partnership who represent Worcestershire County Council, Harris Lamb was the sole agent for the former Stourminster School site on Comberton Road.

James Willcock, of the residential land team, said: “There have been concerns about the lack of new housing emerging to meet the demand from buyers looking to settle in Worcestershire, and the last year or so has seen some prominent parcels of land released for developers to meet that demand.

“The Comberton Road site was allocated in the Preferred Options Draft of the emerging Local Plan as being suitable and sustainable for a scheme of 56 properties following a positive assessment by Wyre Forest District Council.

“Following significant interest from developers keen to capitalise on the desirable location, Sam Silcocks, Director in our planning consultancy team, secured permission for 57 dwellings at the site on behalf of Cameron Homes late last year. Further to continued liaison and discussions with the local authority over the spring and summer, and amidst challenging times for all, the terms ofthe Section106 agreement were approved. We are now delighted to announce that the sale of the land to Cameron Homes has now completed.”

Richard Doffman, land director at Cameron Homes, said: “It is very rewarding to see this project reach this major milestone. Cameron Homes worked closely with the Planning and Development teams at Harris Lamb to bring forward this high-quality residential scheme.  The development is in a great location on the outskirts of Kidderminster and has already proved popular with potential purchasers.

“We’d like to say thanks for all the hard work of those at Harris Lamb, Lodders Solicitors, and Bannersgate who helped us achieve this.”

Demolition at the site is expected to take place before the end of this year, with construction earmarked for early 2021.