A major step towards the development of new homes at the former Royal Hospital site in Wolverhampton has taken place this week, with the submission of a planning application by Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) planning consultants Cushman and Wakefield for up to 146 new homes on the bus depot part of the site.

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The HCA acquired the former Royal Hospital site earlier this year to create new homes and a high profile gateway development into the city centre.

The 12.5 acres of land, which comprises the former bus depot and further development land as well as the former Royal Hospital itself, will be predominately used for residential development.

The outline planning application submitted this week seeks permission to demolish and remediate the former bus depot to make way for up to 146 new homes. If the application is approved, the demolition work is likely to start in early 2017.

Karl Tupling, the HCA's Executive Director for the Midlands, said: "This planning application for up to 146 new homes is just the first part of the redevelopment at this important area of Wolverhampton city centre.

"The HCA is looking forward to working in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council to secure planning consent on both the bus depot and the remainder of the Royal Hospital site to deliver much needed housing for the city."

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, Councillor Peter Bilson, said: "This is an important step forward in the development of this site.

"Over £992 million of investment in city centre projects is either on site or in the pipeline as the regeneration of Wolverhampton continues.

"We are delighted the HCA is pushing forward with the opportunity to transform this site. It will not only bring new jobs, business and housing but will make it a key gateway to the city centre."

  • released: Friday 16 September, 2016