Wavensmere Homes Wolverhampton regeneration plans

Wavensmere Homes has revealed detailed plans for a £150 million redevelopment of Wolverhampton’s Canalside South. Covering 17.5 acres, the site will feature over 500 eco-friendly homes and various commercial amenities, making it one of the Midlands’s largest city-centre residential development opportunities. A public consultation has been launched to gather local feedback on the plans.

Situated on the eastern fringe of the city centre, the waterfront development is strategically positioned. It incorporates the former Crane Foundry site owned by the Canal & River Trust, the former British Steel site, and additional land off Qualcast Road. This unique combination ensures a comprehensive and cohesive development, offering a prime location for residents and businesses alike.

The developer plans to build over 380 two and three-bedroom townhouses, all targeting an EPC-A rating, along with 140 one and two-bedroom apartments. The multi-award-winning urban regeneration specialist also aims to transform disused railway arches into 7,000 square feet of available commercial space.

James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “We are excited to reveal our plans and visuals for Canalside South, which illustrate the transformational impact this regeneration project could bring about. The £150million of investment and different housing typologies we are proposing will be the catalyst for a new wave of ambitious city living, which is vital to see the Wolverhampton Pound spent locally.”

Will the scheme support future plans?

To future-proof the Canalside South site, Wavensmere Homes will install electric-only heating systems, including air source heat pumps, solar panels, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR). Each home will have dedicated EV charging points, with additional chargers available for visitors.

The broader vision for the Wolverhampton Canalside masterplan is to deliver around 1,000 homes, addressing the housing needs of both the city and the wider region, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and community-building.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Stephen Simkins, said: “The comprehensive plans being put forward by Wavensmere Homes for Canalside South reflect the national significance of this development opportunity, which occupies one of the most historic stretches of canal in the country. The redevelopment of this prime site will bring life back to redundant brownfield sites along our canal network is critical to boosting footfall into Wolverhampton city centre.