Worcester Street Redevelopment
The transformation of Worcester Street will see the replacement of the Step Entry with a new green community space with graduated steps. This will follow the demolition of the former Woolworths, Megavalue, Poundland and Sigma Aquatics buildings. This transformation will be achieved by the creation of a new high quality tiered public space, which will improve the experience for residents, businesses and visitors and attract further inward investment.
New proposals have been brought forward by North Worcestershire Economic Development (NWedR) on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council and the regeneration of this area of town is being made possible through the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF). A planning application has been submitted and can be viewed on the council’s planning portal.
The Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) is a Government funding initiative to transform struggling high streets. Kidderminster has been awarded £20.5 million from this fund. The announcement was made on 26 December 2020.
All projects funded by the Future High Streets Fund are to be fully delivered by March 2024. The three approved FHSF projects are all part of the ReWyre visioning – reflecting the need to improve connectivity in the town and redevelop key sites. The three major regeneration projects being enabled by the Future High Streets Fund in Kidderminster are the redevelopment of the Former Magistrates Court, the Bullring area – including the former Crown House site and Worcester Street connectivity improvements.
A key part of the Kidderminster regeneration was the acquisition of key buildings and demolition to provide new connections and public realm through the town and to provide greater connectivity and accessibility around Bromsgrove Street, Worcester Street and Oxford Street. Former shops Woolworths, Megavalue, Poundland and Sigma are currently being demolished – the completion date of this process is late 2023.
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