PLANS have been submitted to demolish the former North Worcestershire Golf Club.

The site, on Hanging Lane, was subject to a planning application from developers Bloor Homes in March, to redevelop the 80-acre site with 1,000 homes.

Campaigners protested against the application over concerns it would cause traffic congestion, with the application eventually rejected by planners in August.

Just weeks later a severe fire tore through the club house after it was hit by an arson attack.

Longbridge councillor Andy Cartwright, who protested against the previous planning application, expressed his disappointment at the latest development.

He said: "We've already protested about a housing application before which was rejected.

"Residents aren't going to put up with 1,000 homes on there.

"Why can’t it be something that the community needs?

"To me that space is the green heart of Longbridge. We need space for children to play. It could be a sports facility.

"A factory could even be built to give people work. Why do we always look at housing?"

A public consultation on the demolition application was opened for just under two weeks and closed on Saturday, December 1.

But Cllr Cartwright believes the future of the site should be open to full public consultation with a meeting called locally.

He added: "There is a consultation on this plan but it is not even two weeks. We have never had a proper consultation.

"This has got to come to an end so let’s have a meeting with the golf club, Birmingham council, local councillors and residents, to see what we can put on this site that will make people happy. Let’s look at what we need in the community.”

Bloor Homes say housing in the area is 'much needed'.

A spokesman said: “Bloor Homes is currently considering the future of the site, however we remain committed to delivering much needed housing to the area."

The application by Bloor Homes to demolish the club house was registered on November 21.