PLANS have been drawn up seeking permission to build more than 160 homes on an overgrown site.

Proposals have been sent to the council seeking to create the houses on land north of Elephant Lane in Thatto Heath.

The application says plans also include for public open space, landscaping, sustainable drainage system, reconfiguration of thecar park next to Thatto Heath Road and vehicular access points off Thatto Heath Road and Carnarvon Street. 

The plans have been sent in by Vistry Partnerships and the proposed development would include 56 two-bedroom; 91 three-bedroom and 17 four-bedroom houses.

The application says “plans include the provision of 83 affordable homes despite there being no requirement to provide affordable housing on brownfield sites such as this”.

A planning statement said that a “pre-application enquiry response suggests that the site should be considered as a greenfield site” but “Vistry do not agree with this suggestion due to the extensive previous uses of the site”. However, it claims “whether the application as a whole or in part is considered to be brownfield the principle of residential development across the entire parcel complied with the provisions of the adopted development plan”.

Plans add: “The site is currently vacant and overgrown with vegetation. Historically the site has been occupied by a canal which has now been filled and several former coal shafts, a pumping house and associated buildings. Other uses on the site include a day centre and Network Rail compound”.

It adds: “The site is suitable for residential development in terms of its sustainable location and characteristics”.

The plans are on standard consultation to the public until Friday, August 5.

A determination deadline has been sent for October 12.