THE outline planning application for up to 1,100 new homes on the former Tamworth golf course site has been approved by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
The new homes mean there will also be a new primary school, an extension to Hodge Lane Local Nature Reserve and community woodland.
The new Primary School will create 420 new places, with £4.2m also being put aside for the improvement of secondary and sixth form education in the Borough.
In addition there will also be £4.0m put aside for leisure and sport in the Borough.
The committee resolved to grant planning permission or the proposal to develop up to 1,100 homes on the site off Eagle Drive in Amington subject to conditions and the completion of a legal agreement.
The land will now be sold to a purchaser who will have to enter into a Section 106 agreement. On completion of the agreement, planning permission will be issued.
The Section 106 agreement ensures that the impact of the development is minimised and provides benefits for the whole borough and its residents.
The Section 106 agreement for the development of the former golf course site includes:
- 20% affordable homes on the site
- A new primary school providing 420 places
- £4.2m for the improvement of secondary and sixth form education
- £1m towards the provision of new indoor sports facilities within the borough
- £500,000 for improved provision of artificial sports pitches across the borough
- £500,000 for the creation of the new community woodland
- £2m for the creation and maintenance of public open space and natural play area
- A new bus service running between the development and Tamworth town centre every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday
- A Travel Plan and other 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 a new community woodland featuring oak trees with picnic areas, accessible trails, viewpoints and a community orchard.
The development plans also includes the retention of 42% of the 60 hectare site as green open space, incorporating Tamworth’s first community woodland, and a new 2.4 mile cycle and pedestrian network will be created through the site.
The approved application is for outline permission only – the layout and detailed design of the development will be confirmed at a later stage when a detailed application will be submitted.