The ten-acre former Royal Brierley Crystal works site in the Black Country has been sold by St Modwen Developments to housebuilder Barratt West Midlands for £6.4 million.

About 180 homes are to be developed on the Moor Street site in Brierley Hill, where St Modwen is completing an intensive phase of land reclamation.

This work involved the demolition of all the existing buildings, apart from those which have special historic interest, some of which are 135 years old.

Ray Hill of St Modwen, said yesterday: "We have worked constructively with Dudley Council and English Heritage over a long period to create a development which will bring much needed quality housing whilst retaining the important historic features of this well-known industrial heritage site." St Modwen was represented by Paul Jackson of Oldbury.