So, after years of neglect and vandalism, it finally looks like the end for the once beautiful cottage on Sandon Road. The cottage, which may date back to the late 18th century, was sadly never a listed building and now looks set to go under the bulldozer to be replaced by some soulless apartments.
Sandwell Council has received a planning application from the owners to flatten the building a replace it with six one and two bedroomed apartments. The plans for the apartments and the carport can be viewed here.
The cottage, although not considered as being of architectural importance, was thought by many to be quite beautiful and a landmark site, possibly the oldest building in Bearwood (I'm sure someone will tell us if that's not correct though). In recent years since the death of the elderly owner, the property has been neglected by the owners, blighted by ugly so-called 'improvements' like bricking up the windows, and vandalised and graffitied. The gardens, once lovingly tendered have been ruined and flattened by rubbish skips.
These are the apartments set to replace the cottage…