ST MODWEN has done a 50 year deal with Dudley Council to maintain 12 acres of Coombs Wood.

The move comes three years after the developer was given permission to build houses on Coombs Wood Cricket Club and build a new

sports club on the wedge.

St. Modwen has agreed to invest £60,000 to support the recruitment and ongoing employment of a warden and to ensuring the land is maintained and remains an attractive place for local residents to visit and enjoy.

The 50 year lease will enable the council to create a natural environment for residents.

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We have undertaken a number of projects in the Coombs Wood area of Halesowen that show our commitment to enhance amenities for local residents.

"This has included the creation of a new sports and social club securing the future of Coombs Wood Cricket Club."

He added: "This latest initiative will make a huge difference to people living locally and will help to support access to open space and natural environments."

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for regeneration at Dudley Council, backed the deal.

She said: “This land is an important green environment within the Coombs Wood area of Halesowen.

"The longer term retention of this space and the partnership with St. Modwen will help support our aim to deliver open green spaces for existing and future residents.”

Environmentalists waged an unsuccessful campaign to stop St Modwen getting permission to build its development, permission was granted in 2011.

As part of the deal St Modwen built a new sports club, funded new facilities at Olive Hill Primary School and build new paths on Coombs Wood green wedge.