Plans must be submitted for a “game-changing” regeneration program

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Wolverhampton City Council is set to submit a planning application at the end of this month to advance the first phase of the Brewers Yard City Life Regeneration Master Plan.

Prior to that, a public consultation will take place on Monday March 14, between 4pm and 7pm, at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield campus, which adjoins the Culwell Street site slated for the development.

If the master planning application is approved, the council’s Fleet Services and Meals on Wheels will move from its current Culwell Street depot to a new base on Hickman Avenue, next to the City Wholesale Market, which will also undergo a major overhaul.

Funding from the Towns Fund, West Midlands Combined Authority and Council will help relocate services and demolish buildings on the Culwell Street site so the brownfields can be restored and prepared for the development of nearly 600 new apartments in the years to come.

The council’s vision for Brewers Yard is to expand more widely and provide around 1,000 homes.

Wolverhampton City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the City’s Economy, Councilor Stephen Simkins, said: ‘This is an important milestone in the delivery of Brewers Yard for the City of Wolverhampton – one of the biggest game-changing programs in the region.

“In the years to come, the first phase will provide a higher quality life in the heart of our city, with connectivity to state-of-the-art transport facilities.

“It will have easy access to a reinvented city center offering a great leisure and sports offer, a dynamic program of public events, an exceptional artistic and cultural offer and a thriving commercial district with well-paying jobs.

“The proposed relocation of our fleet and Meals on Wheels services will make them more efficient and the redevelopment of the Hickman Avenue site will bring a major improvement to the city’s wholesale market.

“It’s all part of a £4.4 billion investment in the city of Wolverhampton, which is also providing jobs and opportunities for local people of all ages.”

Brewers Yard is part of a larger master plan, which is being developed by Court Collaboration, the city’s development partner on the project.

Alex Neale, Managing Director of Court Collaboration, said: “We are really excited to see Brewers Yard’s vision come closer to reality. The submission of the preliminary draft application is the next major step in this groundbreaking project and we are delighted to be part of Wolverhampton’s transformation plans, which are set to be bolstered by funding from Leveling Up.

Once all land is released for housing, the completed project will see a mix of houses and apartments, as well as new commercial and retail space.

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