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Application submitted for Wolverhampton urban village

Words: Laura Edgar
A CGI of the housing development on Bilston Urban Village / City of Wolverhampton Council press release

Developer Countryside Properties has submitted a planning application for enabling works at Bilston Urban Village.

Countryside is the City of Wolverhampton Council’s preferred bidder for housing at the village, which could see up to 450 homes built across 27 acres of land, south of Bilston town centre and the Black Country Route.

If the application is approved, the developer will start detailed profiling of the land levels in preparation for housing on the site, ahead of a residential planning application.

Keren Jones, director for the city economy at the council, said: “We are working closely with Countryside to finalise the scheme and this is a major milestone for housing development on Bilston Urban Village.

“Our plans to develop up to 500 homes on the site will make a significant impact in achieving our housing targets in the City of Wolverhampton.

“The council has spent a lot of time making sure there is good road access, and ensuring that, with a bus-only link, cycle ways and pedestrian routes, the new housing will be well connected to the town centre.

John Gilbert, regional operations director for Countryside’s Midlands division, said: “This scheme will play a critical role in the city’s regeneration activity and, with our strong partnership model in place, the plans for Bilston Urban Village would provide residents with a vibrant, mixed-tenure neighbourhood, where the new homes are both affordable and accessible for a wide range of people.”

Some of the two, three and four-bedroom homes being developed by Kier on two other Bilston Urban Village plots are already home to some residents, while landscaping work is under way, with a network of paths for walking and cycling being created.