Multi-million pound Stourport regeneration schemes revealed

Kidderminster Shuttle: Major boost: What the proposed Marina Quays development could look like. Major boost: What the proposed Marina Quays development could look like.

TWO major multi-million pound redevelopment schemes will provide a much-needed boost to Stourport’s economy and tourism.

A £19 million marina project has been announced, as well as final proposals for a £7 million basin gateway scheme James Brindley Wharf. Developers claim visitors, jobs and a £55 million return will be brought to the town as a result.

Stourport-based Thomas Vale Construction, Kidderminster’s Clive Fletcher Developments and Walton and Hipkiss and BBLB Architects – both Stourbridge-based – are working together on both developments and work should start by mid-2013.

Marina Quays will be located between Sandy Lane industrial estate and the River Severn.

The proposals include 408 berths, 108 one and two-bed holiday apartments, a club house, restaurant, bar, gymnasium, boat sales, hire facilities and accommodation.

Thomas Vale said it had learned there was “significant supply and demand” in Stourport for up-market mooring berths.

It said the scheme offered land-based leisure development alongside commercial space, ensuring the marina remained financially viable in the long term. Wildlife and ecology zones and picnic areas will also be created.

Final plans for James Brindley Wharf, a gateway between Bridge Street and the historic basins, have also been announced.

The scheme, which revealed in February and originally set to begin building in the autumn, will include a 24,000sq ft office space, five retail units, six town houses and 14 apartments on the former Lloyds Garage site.

Thomas Vale added the development would open up the “historic core of the town” as well as attracting new businesses and residents.

Developers say both schemes will take about 18 months to complete.

Louise Brooke-Smith, of development consultants Brooke Smith Planning, which is working with developers, said: “We are all now at the stage where we are confident this is a fantastic opportunity for the town and its residents to get behind.”

Wyre Forest District Council leader, Conservative councillor John Campion, said the projects would increase Stourport’s attraction as a visitor destination by “making use of one of its heritage assets – the canal basins”.

Plans for Marina Quays can be viewed online at brookesmithplanning.com/consultation/. Comments can be made on the scheme before Saturday, December 15.

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3:04pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Stephen Brown says...

The plans for the basin look suspiciously like the ones that attracted such controversial comment earlier in the year. Unless my eyes deceive me?

Does this mean those comments and concerns expressed on how it may affect the character of surrounding buildings have not been taken on board?

While the development is very welcome - if these are the current plans it may remain controversial for many as the feeling was it may not adequatley reflect the Georgian nature of the town - which is part of its tourist attraction and therefore a contradiction.
The plans for the basin look suspiciously like the ones that attracted such controversial comment earlier in the year. Unless my eyes deceive me? Does this mean those comments and concerns expressed on how it may affect the character of surrounding buildings have not been taken on board? While the development is very welcome - if these are the current plans it may remain controversial for many as the feeling was it may not adequatley reflect the Georgian nature of the town - which is part of its tourist attraction and therefore a contradiction. Stephen Brown

8:31pm Thu 22 Nov 12

jon cooper says...

Wyre Forest District Council is a very strange beast indeed for many reasons; but when it comes to maintaining historical sites, WFDC have a wayward vision of so called "Heritage Townscape Values" !

Earlier this year, WFDC quite rightly granted Green Street in Kidderminster conservation area status because WFDC recognized that the Green Street location has - and i quote - "special historic interest, character and architectural appearance".

And probaby even more important.......

"Any new development, (in Green Street), must take account of the character of the area".

As Bridge Street/The Basins is a considerably older site, that clearly has significant historic value to the Georgian canal age; i would love to know as to where WFDC and it's connected developers see how the artists impression of the James Brindley Wharf is taking into account the character of the Basins area ????

What about 'Public Consultations' ? Well apparently 'The James Brindley Wharf' project has already conducted 'Public Consultions' !!!! That is a complete lie - unless of course WFDC and their interested partners deem a consultation to involve invited members of the public ONLY; of which most of the invited were either confined to politicians or property developers at what was labelled as a 'Launch' at Stourport Yacht Club in February 2012 ! Is a 'Launch' deemed to be 'Public Consultation' ???? If you look up the meaning of 'consultation', then certainly not !!!!

The question of public consultation for the wharf project was asked by a member of the public during 'The State of the Area Debate' at full council in the Spring of 2012. It appears that any appeal for adequate consultation was revoked, and certainly not an intention of WFDC from the early planning stages of this project up until its obvious and predictable conclusion.

To open up Bridge Street in Stourport to The Basins should have been an inspired and exciting prospect for the town; but sadly due to bad planning, zero consultation, and an incredible oversight by WFDC in historical conservation, i feel that 'The James Brindley Wharf' complex will be dated in 10-20 years, and will prove to be an architectual disaster that Stourport will have to live with for generations to come.
Wyre Forest District Council is a very strange beast indeed for many reasons; but when it comes to maintaining historical sites, WFDC have a wayward vision of so called "Heritage Townscape Values" ! Earlier this year, WFDC quite rightly granted Green Street in Kidderminster conservation area status because WFDC recognized that the Green Street location has - and i quote - "special historic interest, character and architectural appearance". And probaby even more important....... "Any new development, (in Green Street), must take account of the character of the area". As Bridge Street/The Basins is a considerably older site, that clearly has significant historic value to the Georgian canal age; i would love to know as to where WFDC and it's connected developers see how the artists impression of the James Brindley Wharf is taking into account the character of the Basins area ???? What about 'Public Consultations' ? Well apparently 'The James Brindley Wharf' project has already conducted 'Public Consultions' !!!! That is a complete lie - unless of course WFDC and their interested partners deem a consultation to involve invited members of the public ONLY; of which most of the invited were either confined to politicians or property developers at what was labelled as a 'Launch' at Stourport Yacht Club in February 2012 ! Is a 'Launch' deemed to be 'Public Consultation' ???? If you look up the meaning of 'consultation', then certainly not !!!! The question of public consultation for the wharf project was asked by a member of the public during 'The State of the Area Debate' at full council in the Spring of 2012. It appears that any appeal for adequate consultation was revoked, and certainly not an intention of WFDC from the early planning stages of this project up until its obvious and predictable conclusion. To open up Bridge Street in Stourport to The Basins should have been an inspired and exciting prospect for the town; but sadly due to bad planning, zero consultation, and an incredible oversight by WFDC in historical conservation, i feel that 'The James Brindley Wharf' complex will be dated in 10-20 years, and will prove to be an architectual disaster that Stourport will have to live with for generations to come. jon cooper

10:17pm Thu 22 Nov 12

DOEPUBLIC says...

A clear statement as to the type of travellers the planners are prepared to accommodate.
A clear statement as to the type of travellers the planners are prepared to accommodate. DOEPUBLIC

4:56pm Sun 25 Nov 12

neilhar says...

"The James Brindley Wharf' complex will be dated in 10-20 years, and will prove to be an architectual disaster that Stourport will have to live with for generations to come."

See the Civic Centre. No resemblance to our 'Georgian' Heritage whatsoever and having many of it's own problems that, even now, is making it hard to move on from a civic role.

Can we all just take a look at that side of Bridge st. Previous development has done nothing to keep up this Georgian look. It's hideous. Shed -lloyds , the booze shop is a 70's monstrosity, the factory shop? Come on. This area of Stourport would be improved if it was cleared and filled with static caravans and some pot plants. I admit that the funeral parlour is a better building but it isnt being touched as far as I know. And nor is the factory shop, just yet, so whatever stands next to that will be an improvement.

Actually, I don't think a consultation for brigde st, beyond the environmental impact study for the marina, has taken place yet. The plans have been changed after the furore that followed the publication of some artists impressions. I am NOT going there again.

An Err, this piece is announcing a public consultation is it not? Open until 15th Dec. Why not go and look at it and have YOUR say

All I ask that you nimby's don't chase this much needed boost to our local economy and infrastructure away with all your whining. Rant over. my position is clearly clear. I want both of these to go ahead as soon as poss and in whatever form they eventually take.

We should look forward as a town and not back when developing it. This is what Stourport has done throughout it's history
"The James Brindley Wharf' complex will be dated in 10-20 years, and will prove to be an architectual disaster that Stourport will have to live with for generations to come." See the Civic Centre. No resemblance to our 'Georgian' Heritage whatsoever and having many of it's own problems that, even now, is making it hard to move on from a civic role. Can we all just take a look at that side of Bridge st. Previous development has done nothing to keep up this Georgian look. It's hideous. Shed -lloyds [a good business but an eyesore for 80yrs], the booze shop is a 70's monstrosity, the factory shop? Come on. This area of Stourport would be improved if it was cleared and filled with static caravans and some pot plants. I admit that the funeral parlour is a better building but it isnt being touched as far as I know. And nor is the factory shop, just yet, so whatever stands next to that will be an improvement. Actually, I don't think a consultation for brigde st, beyond the environmental impact study for the marina, has taken place yet. The plans have been changed after the furore that followed the publication of some artists impressions. I am NOT going there again. An Err, this piece is announcing a public consultation is it not? Open until 15th Dec. Why not go and look at it and have YOUR say All I ask that you nimby's don't chase this much needed boost to our local economy and infrastructure away with all your whining. Rant over. my position is clearly clear. I want both of these to go ahead as soon as poss and in whatever form they eventually take. We should look forward as a town and not back when developing it. This is what Stourport has done throughout it's history neilhar

10:48am Mon 26 Nov 12

jon cooper says...

Neilhar says:-
"Err, this piece is announcing a public consultation is it not? Open until 15th Dec. Why not go and look at it and have YOUR say".

Neil: With respect try reading this article with a closer eye, the online viewing of the plans concerns the new marina, and NOT the Wharf ! Regarding having my say about the phantom consultations regarding The James Brindley Wharf; i have; both to WFDC and to their well connected developers - face to face ! Why is it when the developers were contacted recently regarding the so called 'Public Cosultation' for the wharf, it was stated that the counsultation period was over ?

Recently i've been to two public consultations, one conducted by Taylor Wimpey, and the other by WCC. Both were consultations; which means that all members of the community were invited to view plans of projects that will surely affect their towns and personal lives.

Both consultations were NOT conducted behind closed doors under the guise of a lavish launch, of which a selected few, were invited: ie: 'The James Brindley Wharf' launch in February 2012 !

What with 'single-sites' and Wyre Forest Leisure, (to name just two), WFDC have shown a zero approach to adequate public consultation. Even when a member of the public was invited to rise from his own "armchair" to plea for a consultation regarding of 'The James Brindley Wharf' project last Spring during the 'State of the Area' debate, it was clearly worthless !

The conservation status that was quite rightly implimented onto Green Street in Kidderminster by WFDC is curious when the Basins in Stourport, (by far a more historic site), has had these plans dumped on it with no regard to taking into account the "character of the area" - and with NO CONSULTATION !!!!

Just regarding the Civic Centre Neil: The Civic is situated slightly out of town and isn't nestled amongst an historic site. Stourport Civic Centre is not only the towns civic facility, it will also hopefully house the majority of Stourport's frontline services under one roof - not to mention of course the home of the arts in Wyre Forest. For these reasons alone, Stourport Civic Centre has become a massive issue for Stourport-on-Severn, which sadly in my view has without a doubt been overlooked by a great deal of people who apparently have the concerns of not only Stourport, but Wyre Forest as a whole at heart !
Neilhar says:- "Err, this piece is announcing a public consultation is it not? Open until 15th Dec. Why not go and look at it and have YOUR say". Neil: With respect try reading this article with a closer eye, the online viewing of the plans concerns the new marina, and NOT the Wharf ! Regarding having my say about the phantom consultations regarding The James Brindley Wharf; i have; both to WFDC and to their well connected developers - face to face ! Why is it when the developers were contacted recently regarding the so called 'Public Cosultation' for the wharf, it was stated that the counsultation period was over ? Recently i've been to two public consultations, one conducted by Taylor Wimpey, and the other by WCC. Both were consultations; which means that all members of the community were invited to view plans of projects that will surely affect their towns and personal lives. Both consultations were NOT conducted behind closed doors under the guise of a lavish launch, of which a selected few, were invited: ie: 'The James Brindley Wharf' launch in February 2012 ! What with 'single-sites' and Wyre Forest Leisure, (to name just two), WFDC have shown a zero approach to adequate public consultation. Even when a member of the public was invited to rise from his own "armchair" to plea for a consultation regarding of 'The James Brindley Wharf' project last Spring during the 'State of the Area' debate, it was clearly worthless ! The conservation status that was quite rightly implimented onto Green Street in Kidderminster by WFDC is curious when the Basins in Stourport, (by far a more historic site), has had these plans dumped on it with no regard to taking into account the "character of the area" - and with NO CONSULTATION !!!! Just regarding the Civic Centre Neil: The Civic is situated slightly out of town and isn't nestled amongst an historic site. Stourport Civic Centre is not only the towns civic facility, it will also hopefully house the majority of Stourport's frontline services under one roof - not to mention of course the home of the arts in Wyre Forest. For these reasons alone, Stourport Civic Centre has become a massive issue for Stourport-on-Severn, which sadly in my view has without a doubt been overlooked by a great deal of people who apparently have the concerns of not only Stourport, but Wyre Forest as a whole at heart ! jon cooper

12:07pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Steph B says...

This development should be welcomed otherwise the area will just descend further into neglect like the rest of the town.
This development should be welcomed otherwise the area will just descend further into neglect like the rest of the town. Steph B

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