Homes plan advances at former Black Country pub turned fly-tipping hotspot

Peartree Lane, Cradley Heath
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A plan to finally turn a fly-tipping hotspot on the site of an eyesore former Cradley Heath pub looks to have moved forward. Up to nine new homes are set to be built on the site of the former Goldmine pub in Cradley Heath.

The land in Peartree Lane has been empty for nearly two decades after the 100-year-old pub closed in 2007 and several plans, including flats and a care home, have all been put forward in recent years without taking off.

The full application for nine new homes, which echoed similar plans from 2012, was put forward for a second time and backed by the council last year. A subsequent application by BMG Homes outlining the developer’s plans for electric charging points, drainage, materials and a construction schedule has now been signed off by planners at Sandwell Council – allowing the work to start.

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The council said seven years ago the site was in “very poor condition” and persistent problems – mainly damage to fencing and fly-tipping – were “wholly unacceptable” and were having a “substantial adverse impact” on neighbours. The land was originally earmarked as a potential site for a new care home – with Sandwell Council first approving a 39-bed facility in 2008 before a bigger plan for a 45-bed care home was then backed by the council’s planners not long after.

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Neither plan came to fruition and another application for nine homes was approved in 2021. This work was never carried out either and then a move to build 31 flats in a three-and-four-storey block, as well as an underground car park, was then approved in 2017.

A statement included with the application from 2017 boasted the former pub site was empty, an eyesore, and “prime for redevelopment. The site has been fenced off for a number of years and is currently vacant. It is now very unsightly, is suffering from fly tipping and is therefore becoming an overgrown dumping ground.

“As such the residential development of the site will remove an eyesore and source of noise and nuisance to its neighbours which should be actively welcomed by local residents.”