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01/09/2021

Derelict sites in West Midlands to be transformed

Words: Laura Edgar
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The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has a ‘multimillion-pound’ investment package to kick-start development of nearly 400 homes at three derelict sites.

Commercial premises also feature as part of plans for the sites.

The brownfield sites are in Coventry, Nuneaton and Wolverhampton and are part of the WMCA’s housing and regeneration programme. The schemes will include affordable homes for local people and will feature modular construction techniques.

Negotiations will now take place with project applicants.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “Not only do these projects breathe life into old brownfield sites, but they also help to create and secure local jobs – both now and for the future. This is key for both our recovery from the pandemic and my 100,000 jobs plan.

“Also, by prioritising brownfield sites such as these for development, we’re helping to protect precious green belt land around the West Midlands.

“All of this has been made possible by the substantial cash we have secured from government, and we will continue to work with them to bring more eyesore sites back to life, building more homes and creating more jobs across the West Midlands.”

The sites are:

  • Culwell Street – A scheme in the centre of Wolverhampton city centre that will support the construction of at least 300 homes in the first phase of the Brewers Yard regeneration project.
  • Abbey Street, Nuneaton – a 56,000-square-foot commercial development designed to support the regeneration of the town centre and 30 jobs.
  • Wood End Manor Farm, Coventry – Investment to kick-start the delivery of 94 new homes as part of a wider regeneration project.

What the councils said

David Welsh, cabinet member for housing and communities at Coventry City Council, said: “In Coventry we have a very good track record of making the best use of brownfield sites and we recently announced a series of new modular homes at garage sites in the city. A further 94 new homes is very welcome news and will help in our ongoing efforts to provide good-quality homes to meet our housing needs.”

City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city environment, Steve Evans, 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 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.”

Kristofer Wilson, leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, commented: “Our regeneration initiative Transforming Nuneaton is at a critical point, and the funding from WMCA will help us to unlock significant development around Abbey Street.

“Once this exciting project is under way I believe we will show that Nuneaton is now open for business under a new Conservative administration and we welcome the opportunity to talk to anyone who might be interested in regenerating other parts of our borough.”

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