Wolverhampton Wanderer's future plans received a boost when their planning application for a brand new state-of-the-art training academy was approved by the local council. Whilst there is still a long way to go before the next generation of Wolves players are using the academy, it represents a significant step forwards for the Premier League club.
The club has come up with a novel approach of getting the academy passed, with some fantastic community facilities being built and given to the council to help make the construction work for everyone.
Wolves intend to buy up the grounds of a local school. They will be building a new school on land adjacent to the premises, as well as 55 new homes. The rest of the land will be cleared for football pitches, a medical centre, a full-size indoor pitch, and the clubs offices.
There has been some local resistance to the plans, with campaigners citing the effect on local wildlife as their main concern, but the project should go ahead now that the council have passed it.
CEO Jez Moxley hoped they would be able to work out the various differences with the local community. “We will continue to listen and work with members of the local community as we move our plans forwards over the coming months. Assuming we receive the final approvals to proceed, work on site will start with the construction of the new St Edmund’s Catholic School in April next year.”