A planning application to build 249 houses on a Birmingham golf course and driving range has been submitted to the city council.
Developer Taylor Wimpey has put forward the proposals to build on the site currently occupied by the Queslett Driving Range, on Booths Lane, in Great Barr.
The final proposals will see Booths Lane, which is known as Birmingham’s most pot-holed road and prone to frequent flooding, upgraded and re-routed through the new housing estate.
A popular rat run, it has always been privately owned and poorly maintained, but following the development the new upgraded road would be handed to Birmingham City Council.
Coun Keith Linnecor (Lab, Oscott) says that despite local consultation residents generally believe that there are too many houses in the scheme.
He said: “Most residents still think there are too many houses planned for the site.
“There are concerns about school places and the impact on health services which will need to be dealt with.”
He added that he is looking for a commitment to use part of the site to extend a neighbouring wild wooded area, known as the Sink, and preserve open space for residents.
The site has been earmarked for development for more than a decade, but previous plans for a conference and leisure centre faltered amid the economic downtown, as have successive housing schemes.
Taylor Wimpy has made some alterations to the scheme since draft proposals were unveiled to locals last year, including the addition of a children’s play ground for the new residents.
A statement from Taylor Wimpey said: “This proposal offers the opportunity to re-use land which is currently occupied by a business, to provide new homes in the Great Barr area.”
It adds that this is a high quality housing development which creates improved and safer transport links between Sandy Lane and Queslett Road.
Residents have until January 30 to comment on the plan.