Green light for 420-home Wolverhampton 'urban village'

Plans have been approved for 420 homes on a 12-hectare site at Bilston, south east of Wolverhampton, after planners advised that the scheme was in line with local planning policy and 'would respect local character'.

A masterplan image of the Wolverhampton scheme. Image credit: Countryside Properties
A masterplan image of the Wolverhampton scheme. Image credit: Countryside Properties

Developer Countryside Properties has been granted full planning permission for the Bilston Urban Village scheme, comprising the 420 homes, roads, landscaping and public open space.

The site has been prepared for development by City of Wolverhampton Council and government agency Homes England and is allocated for residential use in the council’s development plan. It is also supported by a supplementary planning document.

According to a planning report, which recommended approval, homes would range in size from two to four bedrooms, with 192 for market sale and 123 for private rental, plus 85 homes for affordable rent and 20 for shared ownership. This would represent a policy compliant level of affordable homes, the report said.

The report said that site "is in a sustainable location, with services in walking distance and public transport available" and highway infrastructure had already been provided to serve the scheme.

Overall, planners said the scheme "would respect local character" and its appearance "would be appropriate within the area".

Permission has been granted subject to a section 111 agreement, which is required because the council is both landowner and planning authority and unable to enter a section 106 agreement.

The section 111 agreement will require Countryside Properties to enter into a section106 agreement upon taking ownership of the land, securing financial contributions towards the expansion and relocation of a nearby primary school and the creation of open space.

Construction work is expected to begin at the start of the new year.

In June this year, Homes England revealed the number of projects taking place as a result of programmes overseen by the agency is at its highest level since 2009/10.

Wolverhampton is one of 12 local authorities making up the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is currently working on a spatial plan for the region.

The combined authority struck a deal with the government in March this year to boost housing delivery to nearly 16,000 homes a year in return for £350 million of funding.

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