City of Wolverhampton Council's multi million pound Bilston Urban Village development has received a major investment and jobs boost from Marston's.

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Planning permission has this week been granted for the Wolverhampton brewer to build a family friendly pub restaurant on the site.

The pub will provide a new town centre destination, and fits in with Bilston Urban Village's key objective to enhance Bilston as a place to live, work, invest and visit, supporting the quality and range of facilities available within the town.

It will sit between the Bert Williams Leisure Centre and Morrisons supermarket, on land that is currently owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Bilston Urban Village will deliver up to 450 new homes across land south of the town centre and Black Country Route.

Work is already well underway by Kier on the construction of 78 units comprising 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties on 2 plots located on the west side of Dudley Street, either side of the entrance to Carder Crescent.

The council hopes to announce early next year who will develop the larger housing sites off Coseley Road.

Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "Bilston Urban Village and Bilston Town Centre are part of the council's wider city regeneration priorities and Marston's plans are excellent news that demonstrate the confidence in this significant scheme.

"We are delighted a global business made in Wolverhampton has chosen to invest in this project, which will deliver jobs for local people.

"It is another key milestone in fulfilling our aspirations for Bilston Urban Village, which is now really beginning to take shape, with further positive announcements just around the corner."

Tim Nash, Acquisitions Manager for Marston's PLC, added: "We are really excited to be part of Bilston Urban Village and look forward to bringing a top quality, family led pub restaurant to the area."

The Bilston Urban Village advanced works programme to remediate 27 acres of brownfield land for residential use was completed in June 2016.

The advanced works programme was undertaken by the council, with additional funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and Local Enterprise Partnership.

It saw a major programme of site clearance, former factory floors broken up and the old railway embankment removed as the site was levelled. New roads and drainage were also installed.

The developed brownfield land will also include extensive areas of open space, footpaths and a water feature.

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. The commercial development plot fronting the Black Country Route and the direct pedestrian linkage of the site with the town centre was also created.

  • released: Friday 9 December, 2016