People can help shape ambitious plans to transform Wolverhampton city centre at drop in sessions this week.

The Wolverhampton City Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) will outline what the area should look like by 2026 and what needs to happen to achieve this.

Public consultation on the draft plan runs until the end of February 2015 and has already attracted significant interest from the public and potential investors.

Planning officers from the city council will be at Unit 26 (between Warren James and Thomson Travel) at the Piazza of the Wulfrun Shopping Centre on Friday 6 February and Saturday 7 February from 10am to 4pm each day. People can pop in, find out more about the plan and give their views.

The AAP, which is being produced by Wolverhampton City Council in partnership with residents, businesses and a range of other organisations, will help to influence decisions on planning applications, jobs creation, the environment, shopping, transport and community facilities.

The AAP also covers areas outside of the city centre ring road, extending towards Molineux Stadium, the railway station, West Park, Chapel Ash and parts of Graiseley, Blakenhall and All Saints.

This plan is part of a wider commitment to regenerate the city, create job opportunities and attract investment.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration and prosperity, said: "Major developments are coming forward and we want to continue this momentum and build on recent success by putting in place a long term plan for the city centre. The plan will give us an exciting blueprint for future development - guiding the transformation of the city centre over the coming years. The support of the community in the planning process is vital to Wolverhampton's future. We are therefore encouraging all residents, businesses and other interested parties to take part in the consultation."

As well as the drop in sessions, people can view the consultation at Type=articles;Articleid=2454;Title=Area Action Plans (AAPs); and give their views by completing a response form. The closing date for comments is Friday 27 February, 2015.

People can also contact the planning team via email at or by telephone on 01902 555639.

Views will be collated and will help to shape the plan ahead of its publication later this year.

  • released: Wednesday 4 February, 2015