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ST MODWEN GRANTED APPROVAL FOR £2 MILLION HALESOWEN DEVELOPMENT

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has secured a resolution to grant planning for the creation of over £2 million worth of sports, educational and environmental facilities to Halesowen.

St. Modwen’s plans for the Coombs Wood area of the town encompass three sites; Olive Hill Primary School, the existing Coombs Wood Sports and Social Club and a five acre site, part of the 120 acre Green Wedge off Stewarts Road. The result of extensive public consultation with the local community and a close working partnership with the school and sports club, the development will secure the future of the popular club by relocating it to the Green Wedge, while also providing new facilities for the school and wider community.

The plans will see Olive Hill Primary School receive two new grass sports pitches, two tarmac playing areas, an Early Years Learning Centre including climbing frames, plus an environmental zone.

Coombs Wood Sports and Social Club’s future will be secured through its relocation to a new five acre site off Stewarts Road on the Coombeswood Green Wedge. This will include a new club and ground approved by Sport England and the English Cricket Board, complete with pavilion, practice nets and a new bowling green.

St. Modwen will be making extensive biodiversity improvements to the Green Wedge area as compensation for the land taken up by the new club and school improvements. 12 acres of currently fenced off land will also be reinstated for public access with £60,000 of funding provided for a Green Wedge warden to be employed three days a week for five years. Enhancements will also be made to the Stewarts Road entrance to the Green Wedge and new club with existing registered footpaths also improved.

Coombs Wood Sports and Social Club’s current site off Coombs Road will be redeveloped to provide the community with around 80 new family homes with gardens. The club will retain use of this site until works are completed on the relocation site and they have taken occupation of their new facilities.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor, St. Modwen said: “We are delighted that following three years of close public consultation and work with both the school and club that we can now progress this exciting development. The proposals will provide Halesowen with a substantial range of new facilities and much needed new housing provision which will benefit the wider community for years to come.”

St Modwen anticipates works will commence on the first phase of this development, Olive Hill Primary School, later this year, subject to the school’s current construction programme.

Notes to Editors:

St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, operating across the full spectrum of the property industry through a network of seven regional offices and a Birmingham based head office. The company is wholly focussed upon regeneration with expertise in brownfield land renewal, partnering with industry, town centre regeneration and heritage restoration. www.stmodwen.co.uk

For further information, please contact:

Charlotte McCarthy

PR Manager

St. Modwen Properties PLC

T: 0121 222 9400

E: cmccarthy@stmodwen.co.uk

Karoline Adamson

Core

T: 0121 643 8151

E: karolineadamson@core-marketing.co.uk