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City development gets green light
The government has given the go-ahead for a multi-million pound shopping and entertainment centre in Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton City Council has been granted a compulsory purchase order for 72,000 square metres of land to build the Summer Row development.

It could mean a new cinema, a Debenhams and 85 other shops being built, as well as new homes, within a couple of years.

But there is opposition to the scheme, which means the closure of about 200 businesses on the surrounding streets.

However, city councillor Peter Bilson said the development would make the city "a much better place" and put it in the map.

"We are looking at the future prosperity and the economic wellbeing for our inhabitants who are already here and indeed for people who want to come and visit and shop in Wolverhampton," he said.

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