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City Boost with £50 Million Compton Park Investment

Proposals for a major £50 million investment into Compton Park have today been announced, which will see the education, sport and community benefits spread throughout Wolverhampton. This unique proposal would result in over 150 direct construction jobs being created, plus an additional 250 indirect jobs in the supply chain.

The carefully co-ordinated plans have been prompted by the decision of the University of Wolverhampton to vacate its Compton Park Campus. This has led to a unique collaboration between some of the main partners on Compton Park: University of Wolverhampton, St Edmund’s Catholic School, the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and Wolverhampton Wanderers (‘Wolves’) Football Club, together with Redrow Homes.

The proposals will result in:

  • St Edmund’s Catholic School relocating onto the former University of Wolverhampton campus, in part-refurbished, part-new buildings delivering significantly enhanced facilities than their existing plans through Building Schools for the Future (BSF).
  • Wolves building a new indoor pitch on the vacated St Edmund’s Catholic School site, improving existing pitches and creating an FA Premier League ‘Category 1’ Football Academy, complying with the new Academy accreditation system. Wolves’ aim is to create a world-class facility, giving talented local youngsters the best possible chance to progress, along with providing some community access.
  • The University of Wolverhampton re-investing in a new multi-million pound proposed Science facility on its City Centre Campus.
  • Wolves donating its £1 million Indoor Academy Arena at Aldersley Leisure Village to Wolves Community Trust, which will assist the independent charity in positively impacting thousands of young, disadvantaged and disabled people across Wolverhampton.
  • 55 new four-and five-bed executive homes to be built by Redrow Homes on the remainder of the University’s land, providing a large part of the enabling funding necessary to make the proposals happen.

Financing for the development is already in place and the proposals have been welcomed by the Wolverhampton Building Schools for the Future programme.

Steve Morgan, Chairman of Wolves and speaking at a joint press conference at St Edmund’s Catholic School, “This unique proposal has huge benefits for the City of Wolverhampton. It is almost unheard of to see so many parties from the public and private sector collaborating so well together for the benefit of all.

These £50 million investment plans signal a truly great opportunity to kick-start one of the most significant proposals our City has seen for many years. It will provide compelling educational, community and economic benefits, not just for the users of Compton Park, but for thousands of people across Wolverhampton.

“The nature of the plans, with each development completely interdependent on the other, means that we have only one very limited window of opportunity to bring these proposals to fruition. However, we all remain confident and optimistic there is the joint will and impetus of the partners, along with the finance already in place, to make these plans a reality.

Specifically addressing local Compton Park residents, Steve continued, “With the University of Wolverhampton vacating Compton Park, we believe that this will offset any traffic generated by the residential development, or the improved school and football academy. In fact, the re-sited School will not generate any additional traffic. Nevertheless, we are not complacent and will be undertaking the required traffic studies to agree what steps are needed to keep any impact to a minimum. However, we anticipate using only the existing access onto Compton Road and will not open up the route to Newbridge Avenue.

“The partners appreciate that Compton Park is in the Green Belt and the proposals therefore need to be sensitive to the green open spaces, which is why as much as possible is contained within the major developed sites. We will also look to provide better access to the public than currently is available. We are in active discussion with the City planners and believe we can demonstrate the very special circumstances required to permit this development. I’d encourage people in the local community to attend one of the Consultation evenings to see how we intend to change Compton Park for the better, retaining its open, green environment.

“Our plans will benefit the whole community, from parents, children and staff of St Edmund’s Catholic School, the Wolves Community Trust working with children and young adults throughout the City, students and researchers at the University of Wolverhampton through their new proposed Applied Science Building.

“And, of course, these plans will support the Club’s aim to create a world-class Football Academy. With the introduction of the new Premier League Academy system, the Club needs to make a significant investment in its facilities to ensure it’s not left behind. We want to be at the forefront of these Premier League developments, giving our talented local youngsters the best possible chance to progress within a world-class facility.”