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The City of Wolverhampton Council’s streamlined approach to planning is one of the best you’ll find anywhere. Geared to growing the city’s economy, the city’s planners pride themselves on customer service and approving good development swiftly.

The planning team works with developers to understand their needs and support them through the application process.

Read our case study below where local developer Liam Wordley talks about his experience in the city.

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Iconic building bought back into use


When local developer Liam Wordley approached city planners with his proposals to bring an empty historical building back into use, a collaborative approach was key to securing a new future for an iconic building associated with the City’s proud industrial heritage.

Sunbeamland, a distinctive landmark building in the city centre, had lay empty since 1999. The factory, which famously produced Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blubird Sunbeam car which set a world speed record in 1924, is a locally listed building of special architectural and historic interest in recognition of its importance to Wolverhampton’s illustrious motorcycle manufacturing past.

Developer Liam Wordley approached planners with his proposal to rescue the former Sunbeam factory and convert the building into over 100 residential units. Planners not only encouraged the project but met with the developer on site to discuss together the important features of the building. Regular meetings took place between planners, the developer and his architect to progress the proposals, which enabled any issues to be resolved prior to the formal submission of the planning application, resulting in the application being dealt with swiftly.

Planners have continued to offer advice and support to the project following commencement of the work and through the on-going phases of the development, resolving any issues that have arisen. The developer has taken full advantage of the building’s large ceiling heights, maximising its industrial features such as wartime beams and uses locally made infrastructure, fittings and labour wherever possible. The revamp will even see the famed Sunbeam lettering re-instated on the side of the building.

Together, private and public sector partners are helping to deliver a major regeneration project for the city.

The site, which originally housed a japanning and tin-plate works, was acquired by John Marston, founder of the Sunbeam Motor Company in 1871. In 1887 Marston’s company manufactured the first bicycle at Sunbeamland. By the early years of the 20th century much of the site was given over to the manufacture of motorcycles.

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