Hereford & Worcester

Longbridge East housing plans submitted for approval

Artist's impression of proposed Longbridge East development
Image caption Artist's impression of proposed Longbridge East development

Plans have been submitted to build more than 200 houses on the site of a former car factory in Worcestershire.

The 52-acre Longbridge East site at Cofton Hackett was once the engine works for the MG Rover Group.

The application also sets out proposals for a new park and play area, and the opening up of the River Arrow, which has been in culvert since the 1930s.

If the plans are approved by Bromsgrove District Council work could start on site in early 2012.

The factory closed in 2005 after the collapse of the MG Rover Group.

This is the first stage of a planned development that would see 725 houses and a new community centre being built on the site.

Developers St Modwen and Persimmon Homes said they plan to include some affordable housing in the development.

Richard Hickman, from St Modwen, said: "Feedback gathered at a public consultation event held in May showed that local people were largely supportive of the plans.

"As a direct result to the consultation, we have now also allowed for the provision of a wider range of accommodation for the elderly in the later phases of the development."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites