An artist's impression of Portersfield development which would transform the area around Cavendish House

Call for review, after cinema dropped from regeneration scheme

Calls have been made for a review into £82million plans to regenerate Dudley town centre.

The Portersfield development, earmarked for land along Duncan Edwards Way, was set to include homes, a cinema, a large supermarket and other leisure outlets and shops.

Part of the project would also see the eyesore office block Cavendish House demolished.

But St Thomas’s Ward Councillor Shaukat Ali fears Dudley Council is “watering down” the scheme after it was revealed a large supermarket and cinema would no longer be included.

He is concerned over where the project is heading after he and fellow ward councillors were not consulted about the changes.

Councillor Ali said: “Myself and fellow ward councillors in the St Thomas’ Ward have been involved predominantly in shaping and developing plans for the scheme.

“Over time we have bent over backwards to get this scheme off the ground and supported the developer…

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