PLANS for an apartment block on vacant land in Dudley town centre have been submitted to planners.

A developer wants to build a four-storey apartment block on empty land at the corner of Rutland Passage and King Street.

The building, next to Regents House and near The Full Moon pub, would house 11 apartments.

Initial plans were for a shop on the ground floor with seven apartments above, but have been amended to remove the retail element.

Notes to planners state: "The site is located within Dudley town centre conservation area.

"The site is currently vacant and derelict."

They go on: "The proposal is of the right scale, massing, siting and facade treatment which complements and enhances the existing street scene, in particular the redevelopment of this derelict site."

Two objections to the plan have been submitted to Dudley Council.

One, from a coffee shop on Rutland Passage, raises concerns around rubbish from residents and there not being an adequate amounts of bins.

It states: "At the moment we have to clean and pick up the rubbish being flytipped, including furniture and bedding, each morning."

Another objection, from a resident of Buffrey Road, states that the "development would destroy the character of the town."

It states: "Dudley has an amazing history and each building shows the past of the town from the amazing Edwardian stone work to the Georgian style buildings."

It goes on the say there are many empty buildings in the town which could be given "a new lease of life."

The site is in the St. James's Ward.

Pic: Below - how the apartments would look (By Home Design)

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