A PLANNING application has been submitted to build 57 new homes on the site of a former special school in Kidderminster.

Acting on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, property consultants Harris Lamb has agreed a deal to sell the former Stourminster School site to Cameron Homes - subject to planning permission being granted.

The 5.36-acre site in Comberton Road was allocated in Wyre Forest District Council’s Preferred Options Draft of the Local Plan in 2018 after the school closed in 2011, when Stourminster and Blakebrook Special School merged to become Wyre Forest School.

A full planning application has now been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council planners, detailing proposals to demolish the old school buildings and portacabins to make way for 57 new homes.

This includes nine two bed, 37 three-bed and three four-bed private houses and some affordable housing, including two one-bed maisonettes, four two-bed houses and two three-bed houses.

All will have private gardens, a "traditional" architecture, and will be a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced dwellings.

James Willcock, of Harris Lamb’s residential land team, said: “This is a very exciting time for Worcestershire. There has been a huge amount of concern about the lack of new housing emerging to meet the demand from buyers looking to settle in the region, and recent months have seen some prominent parcels of land released for developers to meet that demand.

“We have now exchanged contracts on the land with Cameron Homes, and aim to complete the sale further to planning being approved at the site.

“We had a lot of interest from developers in light of the site’s desirable location on the eastern fringe of Kidderminster. It is less than mile from the town’s railway station, situated next to a well-established and popular residential area with local shops and services, and is just a short distance from the Worcestershire countryside and picturesque villages of Stone and Harvington, making it a superb site for a quality housing development."