Dudley’s ambitious regeneration plan includes the construction of around 1,000 homes each year for the next three years as well as new leisure facilities and a new campus for Dudley College. This plan is going to reactivate local economy and turn the town into an even more desirable place to live.
Three large housing developments confirmed this year
The town has just started building 157 homes on the site of the former Guest Hospital. Most hospital buildings on Tipton Road are being demolished to make space to the new high quality and affordable homes. 118 of these homes will be sold on the open market and the rest will be available for rent through the council. In addition, Wates Living Space will refurbish the locally listed administration building and Porter’s Lodge, owned by the HCA, and will convert them into 30 apartments. The project is due to be competed in summer 2019.
However, Dudley borough plans don’t stop here and many more houses are going to be built during the next three years to generate more income and help with their financial recovery. According to Councillor David Sparks, the borough has a huge demand for new private housing developments because it is an attractive place to live and the new houses will boost the local economy by creating new jobs and increasing the council tax income.
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More of the big brand are coming to town
The construction of new homes is attracting new businesses to the area. There will be a new £5 million development to further extend the existing Castlegate Business Park. The new facilities will offer a Greene King pub, a Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru restaurant and a Costa Coffee. These businesses are expected to start their activity by next summer
A new £12 million campus for Dudley College
Investment in education has also been huge. Students in Dudley will enjoy a new campus that will include new facilities for students: specialist workshops, classrooms, project spaces and resource areas, etc. The new centre will be known as Dudley Advance II and will have a contemporary design.
Last year the college opened the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, with first-class engineering training facilities. A variety of courses and apprenticeship training are now taking place in this centre, all linking traditional processes and innovative technologies demanded across the engineering and manufacturing sector.
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