City of Wolverhampton Council is set to submit an outline planning application at the end of this month to facilitate the first phase of the transformational Brewers Yard city living regeneration masterplan.
Ahead of this a public consultation will be held on Monday, March 14, between 4pm and 7pm, at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus, which neighbours the Culwell Street site earmarked for development.
If the outline planning application is approved, the council’s fleet services and meals on wheels operation will relocate from its current Culwell Street depot to a new base on Hickman Avenue alongside the city’s wholesale market, which will also undergo a major revamp.
Funding from the Towns Fund, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Council will help to relocate services and demolish buildings on the Culwell Street site so the brownfield land can be remediated and made ready for the development of almost 600 new apartments in the coming years. Ultimately, the aspiration is for Brewers Yard to extend wider and provide a total of around 1,000 homes.
City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “This is an important step in delivering Brewers Yard for the City of Wolverhampton – one of the biggest game-changing schemes in the region.
“In the coming years phase one will deliver top-quality living at the heart of our city, with connectivity to state-of-the-art transport facilities. It will have easy access to a re-invented city centre providing a great leisure and sporting offer, a vibrant public events programme, outstanding arts and culture offer, and a thriving commercial district with well-paid jobs.
“The proposed relocation of our fleet services and meals on wheels operation will make them more efficient and the redevelopment of the Hickman Avenue site will provide a major uplift to the city’s wholesale market. It is all part of £4.4 billion of investment in the City of Wolverhampton that is also delivering jobs and opportunities for local people of all ages.”
Brewers Yard is part of a wider masterplan, which is being developed by Court Collaboration, the city’s development partner on the scheme.
Alex Neale, Managing Director of Court Collaboration said: "We are really pleased to see the vision for Brewers Yard moving closer to reality. The submission of the outline planning application is the next major milestone for this game-changing project and we're excited to be part of Wolverhampton's transformation plans, which look set to be bolstered by Levelling Up funding.”
Once all the land is unlocked for housing the completed scheme will see a mixture of houses and apartments, and new retail and commercial space. The development will also sit just a few hundred metres from the city’s new transport Interchange, providing quick, direct access to Birmingham, London and Manchester.