Ambitious plans for i54 South Staffordshire Expansion to go on show

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, John Reynolds and Phillip Atkins

We all recognise the importance of creating more better paid jobs and growing our economy for the benefit of everyone living in Staffordshire.  Part of this is about providing suitable business sites to entice companies to the county And now the reason we are looking to extend our highly successful i54 South Staffordshire Business Park.

The success of the site has been outstanding, not only in  attracting major global leaders in their sectors but in the creation of thousands of skilled jobs for people living locally.  Since the first companies moved in in 2012, more than £1 billion has been invested in the site but we know there is potential to extend a further 100 acres.  This would  help attract a further £600 million of private investment and help create up to 2,700 more jobs.

These are exciting plans and although it’s early days, an initial planning application will look to develop the first 60 acres of land between Wobaston Road, Pendeford Hall Lane and the current site.  We know there’s real demand to locate here and the expansion would no doubt strengthen the Midlands Engine while increasing productivity locally.

We’ll be sharing the plans on 1 March at Fordhouses Cricket Club on Wobaston Road.   People can also view the proposals on line at www.i54online.com where they can also lodge their views via an online survey.

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