Bilston Urban Village project moves forward with plans lodged for new homes
A plan to build more than 400 homes in Wolverhampton has moved a step closer after a full application was lodged by developers.
Countryside wants to create 421 homes across 27 acres of the Bilston Urban Village site south of the Black Country Route.
This follows investment by Wolverhampton Council and Homes England to bring the site forward for development through a range of major works.
These included the clearance of trees, former factory floors being broken up, the old railway embankment removed, and highways and drainage infrastructure being installed.
Council cabinet member, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "We are working closely with Countryside to finalise the scheme and this is another major milestone for housing development on Bilston Urban Village.
"Our plans to develop up to 500 homes on the site will make a significant impact in achieving our housing targets in the City of Wolverhampton.
"The council has spent a lot of time making sure there is good road access, and ensuring that, with a bus-only link, cycle ways and pedestrian routes, the new housing will be well connected to the town centre.
"The urban village is a key part of the wider regeneration of the city, bringing new homes, new jobs and more investment. It demonstrates our commitment to Bilston and ensures it will continue to be a thriving area."
John Gilbert, Regional Operations Director for Countryside's Midlands division, added: "With a wealth of experience in regeneration and community building, our aim is to fulfil the council's vision for rejuvenating the area by transforming this brownfield site into a high quality housing development.
"This scheme will play a critical role in the city's regeneration activity and, with our strong partnership model in place, the plans for Bilston Urban Village would provide residents with a vibrant, mixed-tenure neighbourhood, where the new homes are both affordable and accessible for a wide range of people."
People have moved into the 78 homes developed by Kier on 2 other Bilston Urban Village plots either side of the entrance to Carder Crescent.