Vision unveiled for the future face of town centre

Kidderminster Shuttle: Revitalised: An artist’s impression of how the Bull Ring would look under the plans. Revitalised: An artist’s impression of how the Bull Ring would look under the plans.

THIS is how part of Kidderminster town centre could look if ambitious plans to re - vitalise the area are given the go-ahead.

Investment firm Henderson Global Investors has submitted a planning application to Wyre Forest District Council to enhance the town centre.

The application focuses on plans to transform the River Stour into a centrepiece within a new public square, which would feature markets, fetes and other events, flanked by new restaurants and cafes.

The proposals include new trees and landscaping, street furniture, seating and pedestrian priority space.

It would also involve the demolition of a number of shops and offices, including Crown House, but bosses said they proposed to relocate all affected shops within the town centre.

Proposals for Weavers Wharf include a new anchor business, three restaurants next to the canal and three café/shop units overlooking the new square.

There would also be a new bridge over the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal to pro - vide access to Matalan directly from Weavers Wharf retail park.

Following public consultation in October, the plans now include new disabled parking spaces and facilities for drop - ping off shoppers within the town centre.

The Frank Freeman memorial plaque will also be retained and Henderson will also be working with the council to deliver a music heritage town trail.

Martin Perry, director of retail development at Henderson, said: “We have engaged extensively with the commu - nity on this project and the feedback received has been extremely useful in helping us finalise our proposals.

“We are excited about this next stage in the development process and hope to begin work to transform the area next year.”

Conservative John Campion, the district council’s leader, added: “It is important that Kidderminster adapts and changes with the times.

“The submission of this planning application is a key milestone in the revitalisation of Kidderminster.”

A decision is expected to be made in March or April and work would be likely to start next year

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8:13am Fri 27 Dec 13

BQ says...

Bit late reporting this aren't you? This was in the Express and Star over a week ago with those pictures.
Bit late reporting this aren't you? This was in the Express and Star over a week ago with those pictures. BQ

11:08am Fri 27 Dec 13

runningbear says...

It looks good to me but I hope it extends to sprucing up and bringing back to life the ghost part of town
It looks good to me but I hope it extends to sprucing up and bringing back to life the ghost part of town runningbear

12:31pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jon cooper says...

To be fair here, this 'vision' for the Bull Ring looks fantastic ! It's also nice to see that it's been proposed that the current longstanding businesses that will be affected by the regeneration, will be moved to another Kidderminster town centre site. I hope any relocation is conducted in a sympathetic nature, and the shops and resturants won't be shoved in the already deserted area of Worcester Street; unless of course WFDC are also proceeding with the redevelopment of this part of town - the so called 'Eastern Gateway' ?

It's a rare thing that I give the DC credit, but I applaud them for conducting such an open and transparent consultation, which include valid artistes impressions that justify such an important redevelopment for Kidderminster town centre. I wish to God that Henderson Global Investors were the firm looking to enhance the Basins in Stourport, because these professional 'artistes impressions' alongside the October 2013 public consultation regarding the Bull Ring is something that has been sorely missing from the Stourport regeneration, and has been the case in the last three years.
To be fair here, this 'vision' for the Bull Ring looks fantastic ! It's also nice to see that it's been proposed that the current longstanding businesses that will be affected by the regeneration, will be moved to another Kidderminster town centre site. I hope any relocation is conducted in a sympathetic nature, and the shops and resturants won't be shoved in the already deserted area of Worcester Street; unless of course WFDC are also proceeding with the redevelopment of this part of town - the so called 'Eastern Gateway' ? It's a rare thing that I give the DC credit, but I applaud them for conducting such an open and transparent consultation, which include valid artistes impressions that justify such an important redevelopment for Kidderminster town centre. I wish to God that Henderson Global Investors were the firm looking to enhance the Basins in Stourport, because these professional 'artistes impressions' alongside the October 2013 public consultation regarding the Bull Ring is something that has been sorely missing from the Stourport regeneration, and has been the case in the last three years. jon cooper

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