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Planning application in for major Wolverhampton development

Planning application in for major Wolverhampton development

A planning application has been submitted for a major new development that could create 500 construction jobs in Wolverhampton.

Developer Urban and Civic has outlined the blueprint for the 6.4 acre area around Market Square, covering an area of the city centre stretching from Penn Road Island to Salop Street.

The Westside development will include new apartments, bars, restaurants, a 12-screen cinema, a hotel with up to 150 beds and a multi-storey car park with room for 700 cars.  

With occupier demand high, the developer hopes it will be able to start work swiftly once planning permission has been secured. This would mean beginning construction in 2018 and the first elements of the project being completed in 2020.

Discussing the scheme, property director at Urban and Civic Philip Leech said: "Our ambition is to deliver a scheme at Westside which transforms this part of the city centre, creating new jobs and providing a sustainable development that people enjoy visiting for many years to come."

Urban and Civic gained the exclusive contract to develop a proposal for the Market Square area in July, beating off 11 competitors. Wolverhampton councillors were won over by presentations on previous schemes it had delivered, such as a similar project in Darlington.

The project could help boost the centre of Wolverhampton economically, particularly during the evenings. The city faces competition as a nightlife and entertainment venue from other localities in the Black Country and nearby Birmingham. With a substantial student population due to its university, there is however potential to do better and the new development may help realise this. 

Wolverhampton also has the benefits of an extension to the Midland Metro tram system to look forward to, with the extension of the line in the city centre as far as the Transport Interchange making it easy to get about.

The Midlands Metro is set for a major expansion over the next few years, with the line being extended west from Birmingham city centre to Edgbaston and a new route being developed to serve Dudley and the Merry Hill Centre.

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