The Richardson family has revealed plans for a major residential scheme on the Black Country.
Richardson has secured planning permission to build 61 apartments on the site of the Waterfront car park in Brierley Hill.
It is the family-owned development company’s first major project on the site for several years but continues the Richardson involvement in the wider area - Richardson is a leading partner in Cannock's £160 million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands, due to open later this year.
The outline planning application for a mix of one and two-bedroom properties spread over four storeys at the Waterfront was given the green light by Dudley Council at the end of last year.
The scheme would see 52 single bed apartments and nine two-bedroom apartments with balconies built on the one-acre former Point North office car park on a triangular patch of land on Waterfront Way, on the Waterfront Business Park originally built by the family in the 1980s as part of the ground-breaking redevelopment of the former Round Oak Steelworks.
Point North was converted to apartments and renamed Landmark House six years ago. The car park has been unused since then. Part of the site will be used to provide car parking for the new building’s residents.
A spokesman for Richardson, who have grown a successful international business with offices in London and the Midlands and investments around the world – said:
“Our intention is to create a development with a strong sense of place.
“The successful conversion of Landmark House provides confirmation of the demand for living accommodation in this region. It also showed the suitability of the Waterfront for residential development, with canals, bars and restaurants nearby creating a ready-made attractive environment.”
The project has been given planning approval followed extensive discussions with the local authority.As part of the planning permission a Section 106 agreement means there is a commitment that 25 per cent of the completed homes will provide affordable housing.