Consultation starts over major Wednesbury housing development

A public consultation on the regeneration of one of the largest brownfield sites in the region will launch today.

Friar Park Urban Village.
Friar Park Urban Village.

The West Midlands Combined Authority and Sandwell Council are bringing forward a long-standing allocated housing site in Wednesbury, currently known as Friar Park Urban Village, where up to 750 homes could be built.

They want to hear the views of the community with the launch of a first phase of a public consultation.

The proposed development includes a mix of new homes and open spaces with pedestrian, cycle and transport links to surrounding areas.

The site covers over 27 hectares making it one of the largest brownfield sites in the region.

The Phase 1 consultation presents initial thoughts and options based on research and surveys undertaken alongside early engagement with key stakeholders.

The six-week public consultation ends at midnight on June 20. During this time the local community is invited to attend drop-in public information days to view the proposals and speak to experts about the project.

The events will be held at the Friar Park Millennium Centre, Friar Park Road, Wednesbury, on May 20 from 12pm to 8pm, May 21 from 10am to 8pm and May 22 from 10am to 5pm.

There are several ways to take part in the consultation: attend the public information days, view information and provide feedback on the website or speak to someone about the plans by calling the community helpline on 0800 0588 161.

Questions and comments can be sent via email to or post to FREEPOST Friar Park Urban Village (no stamp or further address details are required).

The closing date for comments is June 20. A second consultation phase will take place in September to present how feedback has helped shaped the development of the plans.

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