Council-owned housing company to start first development

The Bantock, one of the styles of houses being built by WV Living

WV Living, the housing organisation set up by Wolverhampton Council last year, has selected a contractor to deliver its first homes.

Staffordshire-based Jessup will build 52 homes on the site of the former Danesmore Park Primary School, four miles north-east of the city centre.

It is part of WV Living’s first phase of delivering more than 1,000 homes over the next four years.

“Everyone is looking forward to seeing the first WV Living homes soon coming out of the ground,” said Wolverhampton Council’s deputy leader Cllr Peter Bilson.

“There is a strong belief that a council-owned housing company is both viable and offers the best outcomes for the council in terms of both strategic housing and income generation.”

The development will be named Danesmore Pastures and will include 13 affordable homes among its two, three and four-bedroom homes. Work is expected to begin on site before Christmas and the first house scheduled to be completed by spring 2018.

Work on WV Living homes is also expected to start in spring 2018 on three sites to the south and south east of the city centre. In total 75 homes are planned for the former Ettingshall Primary School site, a plot of land on nearby Sweetbriar Road, and the former Prouds Lane Leisure Centre site.