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DEMOLITION STARTS ON FORMER GOODYEAR SITE TO MAKE WAY FOR 660 HOMES

More than one million sq ft of redundant industrial buildings on some 37 acres of the former Goodyear tyre factory site, Wolverhampton, will be demolished by St Modwen, the UK¹s leading regeneration specialist, to make way for a £150 million urban community scheme which includes approximately 660 new homes.

The eight-month demolition programme will start at the beginning of December and will  be in two phases.  St Modwen will shortly be in contact with local residents  to give  specific details and timescales of the whole project.

Recently, detailed planning consent was granted for 660 homes, including 110 affordable homes,  neighbourhood retail accomodation, a neighbourhood park with sports facilities and a site for a school.

Goodyear has retained 18 acres adjoining for a tyre retreading operation where some 350 people are employed. The future of the sports and social club has been secured for general public use and public transport improvements will include pedestrian links and cycleways.

Peter Rudd, St Modwen¹s development surveyor in charge of the Goodyear project, said: ³This regeneration scheme will create a completely new  and attractive urban community whilst safeguarding continued employment on the site.

³It is likely that the first of the homes will be available in 2009.²

Notes for Editor

The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has been on the Stafford Road site in Wolverhampton for 80 years, having taken over the site from Macfarlaine and Robinson, enamellers.

During the Second World War Goodyear switched production and became Britain¹s second largest producer of aircraft tyres.

At its height in the 1970s, Goodyear employed about 7,000 people.

For further information contact Peter Rudd of St Modwen (0121 222 9400).

Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 313 1000).