PLANS will be put before Solihull Council this summer to create 90 homes in Meriden, along with a new recreation facility nearby.
Developer David Wilson Homes will be responsible for the scheme on a 6.4 acre site in Maxstoke Lane which is currently being used as playing fields and will see 40 per cent of the units transformed into affordable homes.
The area which is owned by Meriden Parish Council, is allocated in the Solihull Unitary Development Plan 2006 as a strategic housing site.
As part of the deal, a new purpose built leisure centre will be built on land at Hampton Lane owned by Solihull Council and is set to include a cricket pitch, football pitches, tennis courts and a pavilion.
Building work on this site is due to be completed before construction starts on the new homes and preliminary works on the new leisure facilities have already begun.
Global property adviser DTZ, who have been involved in the project, welcomed the scheme.
Jonathan Lambert, associate director in DTZ’s Midlands and South West Development and Planning Team, said: “Solihull Council and Meriden Parish Council are committed to delivering new housing and recreational facilities in Meriden. We are extremely pleased that we have successfully secured a development that provides all the housing and recreational facilities that the Council needs and that work is already underway.”
Mike Swallow, Strategic Land Adviser for Solihull Council, said: “Given the current state of the market we were very keen to have the deal exchanged, but not at any price. DTZ helped us secure a deal which protected the Councils’ financial position and delivered the new playing fields earlier than planned.”
DTZ has advised Solihull Council in the past on a variety of schemes including Blythe Valley, Touchwood and the regeneration of north Solihull.