Published: Thursday, 13th August 2015
Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved the Staffordshire local authority’s outline planning application for up to 1,100 new homes on the former Tamworth golf course site.
The go-ahead also involved proposals for a new primary school, extension to Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve and community woodland.
The land will now be sold to a developer who will have to enter into a section 106 agreement. On completion of the agreement, planning permission will be issued. The deadline for bids is next month (September).
The s106 agreement for the development of the former golf course site includes 20 per cent affordable homes on the site, £4.2m for the improvement of secondary and sixth form education, £1m towards the provision of new indoor sports facilities within the borough, expenditure totalling £3m for artificial sports pitches, new community woodland and the creation and maintenance of public open space, including a natural play area.
Also there is to be provision of a new half-hourly bus service between the development and Tamworth town centre. The agreement also requires highway improvements.
A total of 25 hectares of the site will be developed as new public open space. The two main features are the seven hectare extension to the Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve and the creation of new community woodland featuring oak trees with picnic areas, accessible trails, viewpoints and a community orchard.