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Bluebird Sunbeam factory transformation plan approved

Former Sunbeam factory, Wolverhampton Image copyright Google
Image caption The former Sunbeam factory in Wolverhampton has been derelict since 1997

Planning approval has been given for a derelict factory in Wolverhampton to be transformed into homes.

Up to 115 private rental properties will be built at the former Sunbeam factory, according to plans agreed by Wolverhampton City Council.

The factory housed a number of manufacturers and produced Sir Malcolm Campbell's "Bluebird" Sunbeam car which set a world speed record in 1924.

The Paul Street site has been derelict since 1997, the council said.

Image copyright National Motor Museum
Image caption The Sunbeam was built in Wolverhampton during 1919 and early 1920

The plan was put forward by property developer Liam Wordley, a former rugby player.

Part of the building will be demolished to create 37 parking spaces, a courtyard with an outdoor games area, cycle parking and charging space for mobility scooters.

The building will also include a laundry, a small shop and a concierge office.

Peter Bilson, the council's member for economic regeneration and prosperity, said it was "very pleasing that the majority of the locally listed building will remain as part of the development".

Mr Wordley said he was looking forward to "starting work immediately" to bring "this fantastic building back to life".

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