‘Terrible blind spot’ – homes and road plan poorly thought say locals

A new housing scheme is to be built in Wolverhampton despite fears from residents it could cause traffic misery in the area.

City of Wolverhampton Council planners have approved plans to build eight apartments and four homes on land behind properties on Rookery Road.

But the proposal has prompted concerns from residents who are worried it would result in increased traffic problems on both Rookery Road and Bayliss Avenue – the cul-de-sac which would lead to the development – and create further safety issues to ones already experienced.

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Applicants Ultra Developments, which originally put in plans for 10 apartments before amending them, said it would be making junction improvements as part of the scheme.

It also added their research showed there had been no record accidents or incidents on the stretch of road which prompted complaints.

The application also says planning permission has already been granted for 10 homes to be built on adjacent land.

Agents Stoneleigh Architectural Services said: “It is felt that the provision of the residential units will provide a welcome boost to the local property market, and provide affordable housing in an area of great need.

Artist impression of an apartment block for land on Rookery Road, Wolverhampton. PIC: Stoneleigh Architectural Services

“The site has been practically disused for many years, and together with the adjacent site already approved, this will signal the start of a new era for the site and the area as a whole.

“It is our intention to comprehensively enhance the junction of Bayliss Avenue and Rookery Road as part of our scheme.

“This will offer a real and tangible benefit to the existing residents and users of Bayliss Avenue.

“Most notably we feel that our designs are sympathetic to the balance and layout of the surrounding residential area, and our aim is to provide high quality, affordable residential units.”

But one resident said: “The extension of the road will be directly opposite our property it is already on a terrible blind spot of a bend having more traffic exiting and approaching will be dangerous for us to use our driveway safely.”

Another added: “The proposed widening of Bayliss Avenue will not solve any additional traffic issues caused by the extra tenants of the development.

“The choice of Bayliss Avenue to access the development is poorly thought out by individuals unaware of reality.”

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