A Wolverhampton regeneration project has come a step closer.
Blakenhall Gardens, located off the main Dudley Road, one mile to the south of the city centre, is to be transformed through a joint initiative by Wolverhampton City Council in conjunction with All Saints and Blakenhall Community Development and the Government's New Deal for Communities programme.
Improvements to the rundown area will include homes, shops, roads, landscaping, communal areas and a new school.
The regeneration proposals were finalised following extensive public consultation.
The first phase is likely to feature some 2,700 square metres of ground floor retail space, with a minimum of two storeys of apartments or offices directly above.
Subject to demand, a further 900 square metres may be built as part of a second phase. Other elements of the scheme include a neighbour-hood centre, town square, car parking facilities, a public green space and a new primary school.
"We are committed to a sustainable, high quality regeneration of this district," said Keith Kirby, head of development.
"We want to see mixed land use, creating greater diversity in the local economy, together with a combination of family housing and some apartments."