Plans to build 420 brand new homes across a 30-acre stretch of land at Bilston's Urban Village were this week given a unanimous green light by Wolverhampton City Council's planning bosses.
The scheme will be carried out by award-winning construction giants Countryside Properties, with city councillors describing it as "a major milestone for housing development".
The site borders Bilston Fire Station, the Black Country Route and the Bradley arm of the Birmingham Canal.
The development is in close proximity to Bilston High Street and has direct access from Coseley Road and Highfields Road.
The new properties, which include ten bungalows and two apartment blocks, will predominantly be traditional two-storey brick and render buildings, with the exception of the apartments which will be three-storey and provide two-bedroomed flats.
Wolverhampton Council Planning Committee Chairman, Dr Mike Hardacre said: "I can't welcome this plan enough. It's a tremendous move for the area and the city as a whole. In the words of Star Trek, may this project live long and prosper.
"The urban village is a key part of the wider regeneration of the city, bringing new homes, new jobs and more investment. It demonstrates our commitment to Bilston and ensures it will continue to be a thriving area."
Regional Operations Director for Countryside's Midlands division, John Gilbert said: "With a wealth of experience in regeneration and community building, our aim is to fulfil the council's vision for rejuvenating the area by transforming this brownfield site into a high-quality housing development.
"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 will provide residents with a vibrant, mixed tenure neighbourhood, where the new homes are both affordable and accessible for a wide range of people."
An area of public open space to the east of the site is set to be retained under the plans, along with two woodland areas - one to the west of Broadmoor Road and a larger area between the canal and new residential dwellings, although a number of low value trees need to be removed to make way for the new housing. These are not subject to tree preservation orders.
A public consultation took place in January and so far only one objection to the scheme has been received, which was on the grounds of the loss of trees and the 'density' of properties.
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The development also involves the expansion and relocation of Loxdale Primary School, which is adjacent to the site.
The school will move from its current building in Chapel Street to a new purpose-built facility on land between Dudley Street and Bankfield Road.
Countryside has agreed to pay £2,500 per property towards the move, along with £12,000 for the provision of a traffic regulation order to impose parking restrictions, although all properties will have private drives and parking space.
Bilston Urban Village has its own Medical Centre in Bankfield Road, within the wider development plan, which will serve all new residents. The site is in a sustainable location, with other services easily within walking distance and public transport available.
The nearby canal is a conservation area and any developers are required to preserve or enhance its character and appearance, so Countryside has said it will be paying particular attention to the canalside frontage.