A bid to convert a derelict historic Walsall factory into housing has been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

The former Eclipse Works in Parker Street , Bloxwich, will be transformed into residential properties with one two storey building being retained and converted and others being demolished.

Walsall Council's planning committee unanimously agreed to grant permission at a meeting on Thursday (January 31) night.

Labour councillor Shaun Fitzpatrick, who represents Bloxwich East ward, said the development was much-needed in the area.

He said: "It will be a good use of the building. It has started to be vandalised, with windows being smashed, so to get it back into use will be great."

There are plans to build new flats on Parker Street
There are plans to build new flats on Parker Street
 

The committee heard that the two storey building of the former stamping works is on the heritage list with Historic England.

The proposal would save the building and be converted into four two bedroom apartments. Other single storey buildings will be demolished and replaced with housing while car parking will be provided on the rear of the site.

Planning officers said they will be working with the Coal Authority to address issues raised following the discovery of a mine entry underneath to ensure the development is safe.

The applicants will also enter into a section 106 agreement to ensure open space and landscaping will be included in the final scheme.