PLANS to build a bungalow on an "eyesore" former car park in Halesowen which has become a magnet for fly-tipping have been given the go-ahead.

The home will be built on the formerly council-owned land to the rear of Malt Mill Lane, with the site accessed from New John Street.

Plans for two semi-detached houses on the land were dropped by the developer after concerns were raised about the homes being affected by noise from neighbouring Steam Plant Engineering business, based in Victoria Road.

The firm objected to the proposal citing "grave concerns" that any new residents could be disturbed by noise from its operations."

The developer amended the proposal to just one two-bedroom detached bungalow with two car parking spaces, with the new application winning approval.

A report by the developer to planners states: "The proposed development site was formally used as a car park for nearby residents and tenants.

"However, It has not been used for a number of years and was subsequently sold in 2020.

"The site has not been maintained for a number of years and has become an eye-sore and has been a hot-spot for fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour."

Council planners said that a noise assessment demonstrated that the "proposed glazing and ventilation strategy" meant noise levels would be acceptable within the bungalow.

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A report by Dudley Council planners states: "The proposed dwelling would have limited impact on the visual amenity of the established residential area and urban form, and would not have

any significant detrimental impact on residential amenities.

"The proposed modest development also raises no substantial concerns in relation to highway safety."

The developer stated: "The proposed development will enhance its immediate area and prevent further misuse of the site."

The proposal was approved on November 19.