The City Council has submitted a planning application to consider a derelict site at Gorsebrook Road to be developed into a transit site as part of a High Court order.

The City Council is set to return to the High Court at its first review hearing of the traveller injunction on December 5. 

On October 2 2018, an injunction was granted by the High Court to protect Wolverhampton’s green spaces and other vulnerable sites against unauthorised encampments across the city.

During the court hearing, Mrs Justice Jefford DBE raised repeated concerns about travellers having nowhere to go in Wolverhampton. 

The City Council agreed to take steps to develop a transit site to enable travellers to have somewhere to stay short-term, when they visit the city. 

To comply with the terms of the injunction, the council is required to submit its plans for the proposed transit site to be discussed at the review hearing.

After much consideration, the City Council has carefully identified an area for redevelopment, at a derelict piece of land at Gorsebrook Road in the St Peter’s ward of the city.

A transit site will give the police greater powers to move travellers off unauthorised sites and onto the transit site as soon as possible – enabling a more effective way of managing unauthorised encampments.

The planning application will be discussed at the planning committee meeting on Tuesday 14 January 2020.

To view the planning application and supporting documents visit our planning portal.

View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the injunction and the transit site.