whg and Jessup get go-ahead for Wolverhampton Royal Hospital scheme

The Midlands landlord and developer have been given planning permission to build a new 192-home community on the derelict site.
Image: A CGI of whp and Jessup's Wolverhampton Royal Hospital development.

The Midlands housing association whg and developer Jessup have been granted planning permission to build 192 homes on the site of a former hospital in Wolverhampton.

The Wolverhampton Royal Hospital site, which has lain derelict since the hospital closed in 1997, will be turned into a 192-home community after planning permission was approved this week.

21,000-home landlord whg will work with Jessup on the £32 million scheme after Homes England awarded Jessup the redevelopment of the site.

Rebecca Bennett Casserly, whg’s corporate director of development, said: “This site, in the heart of Wolverhampton, has stood empty for almost 25 years.

“Our new development of mixed tenure homes will have something for everyone, whatever stage of life they are at. Complemented by beautiful open spaces and the nearby city centre, we aim to not just bring derelict land back into use, but also create an active and vibrant community where people will want to live.”

The project will see the main hospital building converted into a wellbeing scheme for over 55s, comprising 38 one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Meanwhile, land to the rear of the site will be used to build an additional 123 homes for affordable rent and 31 homes for shared ownership.

Work on the Wolverhampton Royal Hospital site is due to start this summer and is expected to be complete in 2024.

Jessup and whg are also working together on a redevelopment of the former bus depot site in front of the hospital.

Jessup chief executive Clive Jessup said: “We are delighted that planning has been approved for the Royal Hospital site and we look forward to working with our development partners to deliver these new homes using our skilled local construction team and apprentices.”

Earlier this year, whg was one of five housing associations to launch a new affordable housing vehicle in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The West Midlands Housing Association Partnership – comprising whg, Accord (now GreenSpaceAccord), Bromford, Citizen, and Midland Heart – has signed a memorandum of understanding with the WMCA to develop a business case for the Affordable Housing Collaborative Development Vehicle (CDV).

The CDV aims to deliver new affordable housing in the West Midlands while supporting the WMCA’s economic and housing policy objectives.

Image: A CGI of whp and Jessup’s Wolverhampton Royal Hospital development. Credit: whg.

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