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Phoenix 10 plan moves step closer for £60m transformation of old copper works

By Dayna Farrington | Darlaston | News | Published:

Plans for a multi-million pound regeneration of derelict former copper works in Walsall have moved a step closer.

The Phoenix 10 site in Darlaston when Henry Boot Developments Ltd was named as the preferred development partner earlier this year

An environmental impact assessment scoping report has been lodged with Walsall Council for redevelopment proposals of a 44 acre industrial site at the Phoenix 10 site, near Darlaston.

The large site sits near Junction 9 and Junction 10 of the M6 and was formerly used as an IMI refinery.

The £60m redevelopment will play an important role in helping address the current supply shortage of industrial premises in the region.

The report has been produced by BWB Consultancy on behalf of applicant Henry Boot Developments Ltd (HBDL) – who were announced as the preferred developer earlier this year.

A hybrid planning application – part full and part outline – for the site is expected to be submitted during the summer. It is hoped work will commence on the site in early 2019.

Phoenix 10 is the key site within the Black Country Enterprise Zone(BCEZ). The wider zone also includes 13 other sites in Darlaston and five in Wolverhampton, such as the i54.

The report states: “The site is divided into two parcels of land either side of the M6 motorway. The light industrial building on the eastern boundary of the site will be demolished as part of the proposed development.

“The site can be currently accessed via Reservoir Place, which would form the main entrance as well as an entrance on the southern extent that is via the Darlaston Road.”

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A full planning application for the demolition of the existing buildings, site remediation and creation of development platforms will be submitted, as well as outline application for development of employment buildings – including landscaping and open space – internal roads and footways, parking and service areas, balancing ponds and associated utilities and infrastructure.

Previously, leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Sean Coughlan, said: “This is a key strategic industrial site which is crying out to be regenerated.

“Phoenix 10 offers a great opportunity for new businesses to relocate to the region and for existing firms to expand.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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