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Giant homes submission reaches 20ft

A planning application sent in to a West Midlands council to build 5,000 homes has been measured at 20ft tall.

The staggering paper mountain has been pulled together by Birmingham planning consultant RPS.
The application to Lichfield District Council has been made on behalf of a team that includes house builders Redrow and Gleeson Homes.

Curborough Consortium, which also includes Hallam Land Management and Banks Developments, is hoping the first completions at the site in Fradley will be finished during 2011.

As well as the houses, the developers also want to build schools, offices, restaurants and shops.
RPS principal partner Paul Hill admitted: “We have one of the biggest planning teams in the West Midlands and at some stage almost everyone in that team has worked on this.”

Mr Hill said the application has been submitted electronically but had been produced in a paper format to allow effective consultation. He added that it was the biggest planning application in the West Midlands to be lodged for at least 50 years.