A blot on Dudley's landscape will finally be razed to the ground to make way for an £82m retail and leisure development.
The eyesore that is Cavendish House is set to be demolished after Dudley planners unanimously approved an outline planning application submitted by developers Avenbury at a meeting last night (Tuesday, April 9).
A number of surrounding buildings, including the former B&Q building, a taxi office and a disused scout hut, will also be. knocked down and replaced with shops, restaurants, bars, offices, homes and hotels.
A report which went before Dudley Council's development control committee said the plans would provide a “significant regeneration opportunity” for Dudley town centre and complement a proposed new £20m interchange to serve buses and the proposed Metro extension to Brierley Hill.
Alan Lunt, the authority's deputy chief executive and strategic director for place, said: "Cavendish House has for too long been a symbol of decline on the landscape in Dudley town centre.
"This decision is yet another example of how Dudley is on the up, with over £700 million to be invested in the town over the next five years.
"Along with the new bus and tram interchange, and the proposed Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill which will run through Dudley, it promises an exciting future for Dudley.”
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