Hugely controversial plans to build hundreds of homes on a former golf course have been scaled down in a bid by the developer to gain approval.

Bloor Homes has drawn up a new 'masterplan' for its scheme concerning North Worcestershire Golf Course, between Longbridge and Northfield, which would see the number of properties reduced from 950 to 800.

This would subsequently see housing density decrease from 49 homes per hectare to 45.

North Worcestershire Golf Course before the clubhouse was destroyed by fire
North Worcestershire Golf Course before the clubhouse was destroyed by fire

Other key changes include expanding the width of the central 'green' corridor and the wildlife corridor on the eastern boundary, increasing the number of pedestrian connections between the east and west of the site and setting the development back from Frankley Beeches Road.

It comes after Birmingham City Council's planning committee rejected the original scheme in August on two main grounds - the site had not been allocated for housing and was therefore unsustainable, as well as the lack of 'balance' between developed areas and green space.

Since then, the site has been targeted by travellers and has also been set on fire.

But, more significantly, Bloor appealed the refusal prompting a public inquiry which will take place in October.

It has submitted the revised masterplan to the Government's planning inspectorate in direct response to the council's second reason for rejecting the scheme.

The amended scheme has also been sent to residents in the area for further consultation.

Council officers stated they believed the new plan was likely to negate the concerns around green spaces but reassured they still opposed the scheme on the grounds that it was unsustainable.

A report said: "In light of the revised masterplan and the comments raised by appointed counsel and your designer, ecologist and arborist, the local planning authority does not intend to defend reason two.

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"However, and for the avoidance of doubt, the local planning authority will continue to defend reason one (the principle of development) at the forthcoming inquiry."

The planning committee is set to be formally briefed on the latest update at the next public meeting on Thursday (July 5).