WORK is set to start on the second phase of a major housing development in Longbridge.

The Cofton Park development at Longbridge East will be expanded this month with the development of 98 homes for sale.

It comes as plans for the third phase of the overall development was passed last October, which will see 564 homes built once the whole scheme is complete.

The original application, which consisted of 150 homes, including a five-storey high apartment block, was met with over 300 objections.

The planning committee report said there were concerns raised by the public relating to the ‘potential overshadowing from the proposed five storey apartment building’.

Developer St. Modwen Homes has made changes to its initial proposal, including removing plans for the apartment block.

As part of the scheme, the developer will also make financial contributions to support NHS trusts in Bromsgrove and Redditch and will make a contribution for improvements to Lickey Hills Country Park.

There are also plans for outdoor fitness equipment to be installed in Cofton Park.

Laura Bisbey, head of planning at St. Modwen Homes, said: “We have listened closely to comments from the local community and have worked hard to address the concerns from key stakeholders and the local residents.

“We have scaled back our previous plans by removing the five-storey apartment building. We recognise the impact that the development can have on local infrastructure and are contributing funds towards the improvements of parks and local medical facilities. As a result, we feel we have now achieved a harmonised plan that works for everyone and enhances this long-term vacant site.

“We are excited to begin work on Cofton Park and encourage all those in the market for a new home to visit Cofton Grange and experience the style and quality of St. Modwen Homes.”