City of Wolverhampton Council's preferred developer for housing at Bilston Urban Village is holding a pre-planning public consultation event next week.

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Award winning home builder and regeneration specialist Countryside Properties, is lined up to develop 450 homes across 27 acres of land south of Bilston town centre and the Black Country Route.

They will have a team available to speak to at Ormiston SWB Academy, Dudley Street, Bilston, WV14 0LN on Tuesday 16 January from 5pm to 8pm.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, said: "We will be working closely with Countryside Properties to finalise the scheme and this is chance for the public to have their say before the planning application is submitted.

"Our plans to develop up to 450 homes on the Bilston Urban Village 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, said: "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 already moved into some of the 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes being developed by Kier on two other Bilston Urban Village plots either side of the entrance to Carder Crescent.

The Urban Village development will also include extensive areas of open space, with walking and cycling routes, and major enhancements to the nature conservation of the site.

The first phase of Bilston Urban Village produced significant investment in the building of the Bert Williams Leisure Centre and South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy - improving health and increasing opportunities. A commercial development plot fronting the Black Country Route and the direct pedestrian linkage of the site with the town centre was also created.

This has been followed by the recently opened Marston's family pub/restaurant, the White Rabbit, and the decision to build a new Loxdale Primary School on the site.

  • released: Thursday 11 January, 2018