New local Eco Park could help region grow

Artist's impression of Coseley Eco Park - an aerial view looking north

From 2pm today, September 27, Sedgley residents can view plans for an exciting local regeneration project which promises to breathe new life into a run-down industrial area.

Up to 1,300 new jobs, 200 new homes, a new food store and community facilities could be created in Coseley as part of the £120 million mixed-use masterplan known as Coseley Eco Park.

The site, which is owned and managed by Skelton Group Investments,  forms part of an ambitious plan to transform a current eyesore into one of the most environmentally-friendly employment destinations in the Midlands,  including three industrial estates stretching between Birmingham New Road, the Birmingham Canal and Sedgley Road West.

Graham Willson, director of Skelton Group Investments, says: “This is hugely exciting news for Dudley at a time of continuing economic uncertainty. Coseley Eco Park will reflect the ambitions of the Black Country for the future. An ambition to invest in cutting edge renewable technologies and to deliver modern employment spaces, affordable family homes, shops to serve the local community and purpose-built community facilities”.
A major consultation has started on the masterplan and a dedicated website
is now live. Full plans and further information about this major investment are available on the website and exhibition events will take place at the end of

September and early October for residents to have their say.
“This is the largest regeneration project in Dudley for a generation. We
have a rare and significant opportunity to make a statement about the Black
Country’s ambitions and we want your views to help us take it”, Mr Willson
adds.
The Coseley Eco Park project team is encouraging all local residents and
businesses to have their say on the outline plans before they are submitted
to Dudley Council in the Autumn.

If approved, detailed plans will need to be submitted to the Council before
work can start. Construction could begin at Coseley Eco Park early in 2013.
In addition to the new website, local residents can find out more by calling the
consultation hotline on 0845 262 0138 or by following project updates on
Facebook (Coseley Eco Park), Twitter (@CoseleyEcoPark), Flickr (Coseley

Eco Park) or by signing up to receive free SMS updates by texting ‘CEP’ to
81400.
Public exhibition events are taking place at Wellington Industrial Estate,
Birmingham New Road on:
Tuesday 27 September: 2pm – 7pm
Friday 30 September: 2pm – 7pm
Saturday 1 October: 10am – 2pm

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