Plans for a giant retail park by the owner of Birmingham's Bullring and Grand Central shopping centres have been given the go ahead by council chiefs.
Hammerson has been given the green light for the long-awaited project to redevelop a 12-acre former cast iron foundry site in Bromford Road, Oldbury.
The retail-led scheme will comprise a discount food store, garden centre, restaurants and a drive-through takeaway and has been mooted for more than 15 years.
The site was previously the home of Hunt Brothers Griffin Foundry which was demolished in 2003 to make way for a larger retail and leisure development that never came to fruition, despite planning permission being awarded November 2004.
It is expected that more than four acres of shopping space will be created in this latest incarnation of the project, providing a major jobs boost for Sandwell and the wider West Midlands.
The last times plans were approved on the site, developers promised a £50 million scheme creating 1,000 posts.
The project also include 325 parking spaces for the main retail area, 129 for the discount foodstore and 101 for the restaurants.
Hammerson jointly developed and still co-owns Bullring and earlier this year acquired Grand Central from Birmingham City Council for around £335 million.
The firm also owns the Martineau Galleries regeneration site in Birmingham city centre although it was recently criticised by MPs over a lack of activity.