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£725,000 funding boost to Wyre Forest regeneration projects

Wyre Forest District Council welcomes the news that it has been awarded £725,000 from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund.

This funding will go towards the ongoing connectivity project in Kidderminster town centre which will improve the appearance, access and connection of Worcester Street with Bromsgrove Street and links to the wider Lionfields development site.

The ongoing transformation of this area of town is being made possible through the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

Councillor Dan Morehead, Cabinet Member for Economic regeneration, Planning and the Green Agenda at Wyre Forest District Council said,

“We welcome this investment in Wyre Forest, and it is a timely boost to our current regeneration projects taking place in Kidderminster town centre. Specifically, this funding will be directed to improving connectivity, public access, and attractiveness in the town centre.”

Subject to a planning application due to be determined before Christmas, this connectivity project will be achieved by the proposed creation of new high quality tiered green public space, including a play area and a landscaped winding walkway which will improve the visiting experience for residents, shoppers, and businesses.

Nationally, 100 regeneration projects will support thousands of new jobs and boost communities in this second phase of £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund with cash going directly to councils so they can release development land and get building projects moving as soon as possible.

Derelict car parks, industrial sites and town centre buildings that have fallen into disrepair will all benefit from the new funding, with the government supporting communities to bring land back into use.

As with the previous Brownfield Land Release scheme, this fund will be delivered through the One Public Estate - a partnership between the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Office of Government Property, and the Local Government Association. For more information about the Brownfield Land Release Fund, visit the government website.

For more information on economic development and regeneration in Wyre Forest, visit the Wyre Forest section of this website.

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