PLANS to build a home on land in Rowley Regis which is "used by drug addicts and for prostitution" have been submitted to council planners.

The patch of land at the end of Reservoir Road is currently overgrown and is used as a "dumping area" for flytippers as well as attracting anti-social behaviour including "prostitution park-ups" according to plans submitted to Sandwell Council.

The application states: "The ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area has constantly attracted a criminal element to use any dark unsupervised pieces of land in the vicinity of this estate for drugs and prostitution.

"The site is constantly cleared of syringes and sexual health products which highlight the uses in the area.

"The plot is situated at the far end of the cul-de-sac Reservoir Road which has been notorious for criminal activity which has plagued the end of this road.

"The gap in housing at the end has allowed cars without car tax to be abandoned as or to be used for criminal activities."

Kevin Onions, of Birmingham Street, Oldbury, wants to build a four-bedroom detached bungalow on the land, which is to the rear of 12, Elmhurst Avenue, with a detached garage.

The application states that the troublesome patch of land, which has been "cleared numerous times" and "boarded up numerous times following vandalism and break ins" backs on to the gardens of homes on Elmhurst Avenue and Cambourne Road.

It goes on to state that a home built on the site would offer a long term solution and would stamp out the anti-social behaviour as well as providing much-needed housing in the area.

It states: "It is hoped that by placing a house on the plot the criminal activity will cease all together as there will be an occupied use which provides a safer environment to all the residents in the vicinity."

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Pic: The proposal submitted to Sandwell Council 

The application can be viewed on Sandwell Council's planning site under ref. DC/21/66135.