Grants sought to reclaim land and kick-start housing schemes.

Sandwell Council is seeking special funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership to reclaim brownfield sites in Smethwick and Wednesbury for the building of much-needed homes.

The Council is to ask the BCLEP for grants to reclaim sites in Stanhope Road, Smethwick and King Street and Mounts Road in Wednesbury to build 65 houses.

If the council gets the cash it will seek to build council homes at Stanhope Road and at King Street, where they will also provide a site for a new health centre.

The site in Mounts road, alongside the allotments, is earmarked for a private housing schemes using modern methods of construction techniques.

A report for the ambitious proposals will go to the council’s cabinet on Wednesday (26 June) with a recommendation for the authority to put in a bid to the BCLEP.

The sites in Wednesbury need remediation work because they are in areas of historic coal mining with untreated mineshafts.

The Stanhope Road site, which was partially occupied by a laundry, has been affected by contamination.

Councillor Bob Lloyd, cabinet member for inclusive economic growth, said if the three plans went ahead they would provide much-needed homes for people in the two towns.

He said a recent Black Country Core Strategy study identified a need for more than 31,000 new dwellings between 2014-2036.

“This is an excellent report because the council is required to bring forward brownfield sites wherever possible to meet housing targets,” said Councillor Lloyd.

“It is also pleasing that under these proposals council houses will be provided for the people of Wednesbury and Smethwick.”

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