DISAPPOINTED developers who saw their plans thrown out for new homes on the site of an arson-hit former golf club are appealing to overturn the decision.

Bloor Homes had plans to build 950 homes on the site of the former North Worcestershire Golf Club, on Hanging Lane, turned down by Birmingham City Council last year.

The plans would have transformed the 80-acre site into homes, a new primary school, a community centres, and more than 27 acres of public space.

Just weeks after planners rejected the move, the vacant club house was hit by a suspected arson attack, but on January 18 the council passed plans to demolish the building.

Now the developers are appealing to the Secretary of State to overturn the decision to build new homes.

A spokesman for Bloor Homes said: "Bloor Homes is committed to the delivery of a sustainable, mixed use development on the site of the former North Worcestershire Golf Course, which closed in March 2016 and has since been subject to vandalism.

"We were very disappointed with Birmingham City Council’s recent decision to refuse our outline planning application for up to 950 new homes, of which over 330 would be affordable homes to meet local need; a new primary school; a multi-use community centre; and over 27 acres of public open space.

"Having considered the available options, Bloor Homes has decided to appeal this decision to the Secretary of State and a Public Inquiry in front of a Government appointed Planning Inspector will be held later this year."