Appointed to work on brownfield housing site Friar Park, Wednesbury

The Tibbalds CampbellReith JV is delighted to be working with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Sandwell Council on the Friar Park regeneration site, Wednesbury – the largest brownfield housing site in the Midlands region.

Having been untouched for over 30 years, the site has been unlocked for development by the WMCA and Sandwell Council following the WMCA’s purchase last year of the former Severn Trent works which covers just under half the overall 26.4 hectare site. The remaining majority of the site is owned by the council.

This is a key strategic site, delivering a large number of much needed homes in the area while easing pressure on green belt land.

With the ambition to create a 750-home community for the area, the JV Team will be reaching out to the local community and engaging with key stakeholders in the coming weeks and months.

We hope to work together to create a Masterplan for the site which meets the needs of existing and future residents and provides a high quality and sustainable environment for people of all ages to live and work, with the intention to submit a planning application in late 2021.

The consultant team comprises CampbellReith as lead consultant and project manager; Lichfields as planning consultant; LDA Design as master-planner; Lambert Smith Hampton as property specialists; The Environment Partnership as ecologists; Phil Jones Associates as transport planners, Miller Goodall as noise and air quality specialists; Total Project Integration as cost consultant and NB Creative Communications as public engagement and stakeholder management consultant.

The Team are poised to start and look forward to engaging with the community very shortly.