Initial land preparation for a major homes development as part of the multi million regeneration of Bilston will start next week.

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Up to 500 homes will be built on land south of the town centre and the Black Country Route, while the site opposite the Bert Williams Leisure Centre will contain new food and drink outlets. The developed brownfield land will include extensive areas of open space, footpaths and a water feature.  A total of £7.5 million is being jointly invested by the city council and the Homes and Communities Agency. This will be in addition to significant private investment. The scheme forms part of the wider regeneration of the city of Wolverhampton.

Demolition of derelict buildings at the front of Bilston High Street is now complete which will enable new development and the completion of a pedestrian link from the town centre to the Bert Williams Leisure Centre and other new facilities. The £2.5 million access link will be surrounded by a temporary landscaped open space just off the High Street. The development plans for this area have yet to be finalised.

The city of Wolverhampton economy leader Peter Bilson said: "Work is continuing to progress on the Bilston Urban Village project with the majority of the site now being prepared for housing.

"People and business will be encouraged to see the scheme moving forward - from the High Street renovation and new walkway to the imminent announcement of developers to carry out the scheme.

"The urban village will be 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."

  • released: Thursday 12 February, 2015