Developers hoping to build new apartments in Walsall town centre will be hoping for a case of 'third time lucky' when their proposal goes before planning chiefs again.

Bradford Street Developments Ltd are looking to build a four-storey block featuring 26 one and two bedroomed flats.

The land, in Bradford Street on a key gateway into the town centre, is currently being used as a car park and falls within a conservation area.

But the issue has been deferred twice at the last two planning committee meetings due to issues raised by members and officers are recommending it be finally approved when it goes before them again on Thursday (March 21).

In January, councillors raised concerns that large refuse lorries would struggle to access the narrow Bradford Lane at the rear of the proposed block where a bin store was going to be situated.

Car park in Bradford Street where a new apartment block could be built
Car park in Bradford Street where a new apartment block could be built
 

Despite reworking its plans to site the bin store at the front of the development with the management company pledging to drag the large bins out to Bradford Street on collection day, the issue was deferred again last month.

That time, members said they were concerned bins would block the pavement while also voicing worries about a lack of disabled access and the proposed no parking for residents.

Planning officers, however, believe the proposal should be granted approval this week.

A report to committee said: "This application provides an opportunity to develop an infill site within the Bradford Street conservation area with a bespoke designed building taking into account its surroundings.

"It will be well integrated with, and complements, the neighbouring buildings and the local area in terms of its scale, density, layout and access and its good design, all of which are fundamental to using land efficiently.

The Council House in Walsall town centre
The Council House in Walsall town centre
 

"The site has now been cleared and currently used as a car park, although the temporary permission for this has since expired.

"It is within the town centre and the proposed use for residential accords with planning policy in general, and would be a positive re-use of the site and beneficial to the local environment and community."