City of Wolverhampton Council has started final site investigations ahead of construction works beginning later in the year on a new health & wellbeing facility and neighbouring homes in Oxley.

The modern health & wellbeing facility and homes will be built on the site of the former Oxley Day Training Centre in Probert Road following demolition of the derelict buildings and site clearance by the council. 
A feasibility study for the scheme, supported by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) funding, was conducted and feedback from stakeholders and the public at community events shaped the design. 
It consists of two complementary buildings, which have been granted outline planning approval. 
The residential accommodation proposal will include an opportunity for key worker housing and affordable living. It allows for a mix of 23 housing units across the site with a view to partnering with a housing partner that can support the delivery of the new housing scheme.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Housing and WMCA Housing and Land Board member, Councillor Steve Evans, said: “This is yet another example of the council bringing derelict brownfield land back into meaningful use for its communities. 
“Local residents have played a key part in the journey to get to this point and these site investigations will pave the way for the delivery of much-needed homes in this neighbourhood supported by a fantastic new health & wellbeing facility. 
“Subject to final planning approval, I look forward to seeing bricks coming out of the ground this year.”
The Council has been working closely with the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, Oxley Stafford and Probert Road GP surgeries, Royal Wolverhampton Trust Primary Care Network, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Compton Care to develop a clinical service model.  
This will provide improved Council health and family services with integrated general medical services, more integrated working between primary care, community services, social care and care providers, accommodation for local GP practices, a base for community nursing teams, a clinical bookable suite to support local delivery of ‘out of hospital’ services, and community space. 
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, added: “This scheme will provide invaluable health & wellbeing services for the local community. 
“We have worked closely with our partners in the public health sector to design a scheme that will enable them to deliver the best possible services for their users. 
“The facility will be located in a place where it will be highly accessible and can benefit the community the most.” 
Richard Parker, Mayor of the West Midlands and Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “These site investigations will enable us to take the next step in providing high quality homes and a fantastic new health and wellbeing facility for the local community. At least 25% of the new homes will be affordable. That’s important because regenerating brownfield urban sites like this for homes that local people can genuinely afford will be crucial in our plans to fix the current housing crisis.

“There will be many people in Wolverhampton and across the rest of the region who are desperate to rent or buy a good quality home. By working together on schemes like this one, the WMCA and local councils, together with housing associations developers and others, can drive the construction of homes that are modern, safe, and warm. 

"It will be schemes like this one at Oxley that can make a real difference for local communities, changing lives for the better.”