Bentley, Walsall, West Midlands

  • Project: Residential Masterplan
  • Client: Walsall Borough Council

Lathams was commissioned by Walsall Borough Council to undertake a residential masterplan for Bentley, a local centre which has struggled to cope with the gradual departure of amenities and services. In particular, the closure of the local library has caused a great deal of local concern.

We found an excessive amount of underused green space, which we identified for housing development, which would cross-fund the library and central area public realm works.

The masterplan effectively de-risked development sites. As part of the process we undertook soft market testing with residential developers. All the residential sites we identified in the plan have now been delivered – either by the private sector of the Walsall Housing Group – in line with our design guidance.

 
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