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Plans for 250-home housing development in Great Barr

Taylor Wimpey reveal proposals to turn Booths Lane into a major housing estate

The Taylor Wimpey plan for new homes in Booths Lane, Great Barr
The Taylor Wimpey plan for new homes in Booths Lane, Great Barr

A major developer wants to build 250 new homes on a golf driving range and waste ground in Great Barr.

Taylor Wimpey has unveiled plans for the site next to the Booths Lane rat run.

The unadopted lane, between the American Golf Driving Range and a former landfill site, is frequently waterlogged and is known as Birmingham’s most pot holed road.

The developer wants to build a series of modern two, three and four bedroom homes on the seven hectare site.

There are no plans to build on the nine-hole golf course next to the site.

A smaller housing development further along the Lane, by Persimmon Homes, is expected to be completed next year.

Coun Keith Linnecor (Lab, Oscott) said: “If plans progress this will be one of the biggest housing developments in this area for some time.”

He said that a key proposal for residents will be a pledge to keep the lane open during construction as a new road through the housing will be built and the lane later downgraded to a cycle track or path.

“We want to hear from residents over the plans. I know that some are saying we ought to maximise the amount of open space, or make good use of the golf course land,” he added.

Ken Phillips, land and planning director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We understand the importance of giving local people the chance to get involved and have their say on development plans for the community – and that’s why we want to give Great Barr residents every opportunity to view and comment on these proposals.”

Although a busy road, Booths Lane is is not the responsibility of, nor maintained by the city council, and has been left to fall into disrepair earning a reputation as the most pot holed road in the city.


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