Planning permission granted for new creative hub
Picture shows: Artists impression – the front elevation of the new creative hub which will transform the former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster town centre.
Wyre Forest District Council Planning Committee approved plans to transform the former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster at its meeting last night (Tuesday 18 January).
Architects Burrell Foley Fischer, working in partnership with NWedR on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council submitted the application which set out plans to transform the former Magistrates Court building in Worcester Street, Kidderminster town centre.
The heritage building is to be transformed into a cultural and creative hub to provide a range of flexible workspace, performance and production areas and co-working spaces in the main buildings and a multi-purpose events space in the historic former weaving sheds.
Councillor Helen Dyke, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said
“We are very pleased to see the planning application unanimously approved and we can now progress the project which needs to be completed by March 2024. We would like to thank residents and businesses for giving their feedback at the public consultations last year. We are also grateful for the input from local heritage stakeholder groups who gave our plans their approval.”
The development of this site is being made possible through The Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) – the Government funding initiative to transform struggling high streets. Kidderminster has been awarded £20.5 million from this fund and there are three major projects underway which are all part of the long-term vision for the town. The intention is to improve connectivity across town and redevelop key sites which are the former Crown House/Bullring area, Worcester Street and the former Magistrates Court.
For more information on the development of the Former magistrates Court in Kidderminster as well as other regeneration projects made possible by the Future High Streets fund, visit www.nwedr.org.uk/invest/major-projects/wyre-forest/ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn @NorthWorcsEDR.