Former butcher’s site sold for resi development

A former Black Country butcher’s shop site has been sold for residential redevelopment.

C D Field Butchers on Lake Street, Lower Gornal, ceased trading after 116 years in 2018, and having been instructed by the family to sell the land, Harris Lamb’s residential land team have sold the 0.311-acre site for £235,000.

Local construction company Union Build secured the land, which has outline planning permission for nine homes.

A revised scheme for seven houses was granted at the start of the year and construction work is expected to start imminently in order to deliver the homes during 2021.

James Willcock, of the residential land team, said: “There has been a real desire for new housing across the region as a whole, a demand that has only increased over the past years as people were confined to their homes and started to seek other properties closer to their families or other amenities.

“C D Field butcher was a well-known landmark in the area in its heyday, located within easy reach of local shops and amenities including the Black Country Museum, Dudley Castle and Dudley Zoo, and benefitting from convenient public transport links to Wolverhampton City Centre and its neighbouring towns Dudley and Stourbridge.

“With the family having chosen to sell, the site is set for a new lease of life, with outline permission having already been granted we are delighted to confirm Union Build as the new owners of the site. They have put a lot of work into the site already by way of assessing the ground conditions, mining works remediation- which is a common hurdle to development in the area- and demolition, through to getting a full permission and now progressing construction.”