Plans for further town centre improvements submitted

Kidderminster Shuttle: TOWN TRANSFORMATION: What the riverside could look like if plans are given the go-ahead. TOWN TRANSFORMATION: What the riverside could look like if plans are given the go-ahead.

NEW retail and restaurant space could be created after plans to transform the former headquarters of Kidderminster carpet firm Brintons were submitted.

The application, submitted to Wyre Forest District Council by Exchange Street Properties, focuses on plan to make the former Brintons Carpet offices a prime leisure destination, which will include restoring the Grade II listed building.

The 42,000 sq ft development will create about 20,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space, with a primary frontage to Riverside Walk, including a separate building with a frontage to Exchange Street and what will be a new public square outside Kidderminster Town Hall, leaving room on the upper floors for further development.

The site is owned by developer Max Goucher, who recently bought the former Brintons headquarters. He said: "I grew up in Kidderminster and the Brintons name is synonymous with the area. When I heard the site was for sale I immediately felt an affiliation for the location and to bring this historical, un-used building to life again."

Mr Goucher was a joint venture partner of the Weavers Wharf scheme in the town centre.

Conservative councillor John Campion, cabinet member for planning and economic regeneration, said: "The district council has exciting plans to transform the public realm in Kidderminster during the course of the next year that will see improved spaces from Exchange Street through to the Bull Ring and High Street and we welcome proposals that will bring that vision to life."

Independent councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest member champion for town centres, added: "I am very pleased to see any proposals come forward that will add to the vitality of the town centre, including those that improve our leisure offer that will attract further visitors to the town."

It is hoped the application will be determined later this summer. If planning permission is granted, work could start on site later this year or early next year.

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2:46pm Tue 1 Jul 14

VikEvans says...

I think the plans to rejuvenate the town are wonderful and cant wait to see the progression. I only moved her 18 moths ago, and feel very proud of how Kidderminster is moving forwards with such gusto. Its such a friendly town, and this will boost it even more.
I think the plans to rejuvenate the town are wonderful and cant wait to see the progression. I only moved her 18 moths ago, and feel very proud of how Kidderminster is moving forwards with such gusto. Its such a friendly town, and this will boost it even more. VikEvans
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

philcollins says...

More retail space, eh? Just what Kidderminster desperately needs ...NOT!
More retail space, eh? Just what Kidderminster desperately needs ...NOT! philcollins
  • Score: 5

8:41pm Tue 1 Jul 14

grouchy old git says...

Because of the extremely high rents charged for business premises in Kidderminster, the only companies who will be able to afford these new premises will be the big Multi-National chains (Mainly because they pay no tax, unlike the local small businessman) That means they will be the usual overpriced trendy (tat) shops or junk food outlets.
Because of the extremely high rents charged for business premises in Kidderminster, the only companies who will be able to afford these new premises will be the big Multi-National chains (Mainly because they pay no tax, unlike the local small businessman) That means they will be the usual overpriced trendy (tat) shops or junk food outlets. grouchy old git
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Wed 2 Jul 14

GGmommy says...

A good move for the Town and residents but not for the small businesses. Would be nice to think that there were some affordable units incorporated into this development, a bit like the affordable element required by new housing schemes these days.

I hope that this doesn't have the same effect as Weavers Wharf and create a interesting place to visit but at the detriment of existing businesses. A bit of forward planning I hope WFDC?
A good move for the Town and residents but not for the small businesses. Would be nice to think that there were some affordable units incorporated into this development, a bit like the affordable element required by new housing schemes these days. I hope that this doesn't have the same effect as Weavers Wharf and create a interesting place to visit but at the detriment of existing businesses. A bit of forward planning I hope WFDC? GGmommy
  • Score: 6

11:16pm Wed 2 Jul 14

JKay00 says...

Oh, I can't wait to go to Nondos and Café-Restaurant. How exotic.
Oh, I can't wait to go to Nondos and Café-Restaurant. How exotic. JKay00
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Sat 5 Jul 14

John Herbert Smith says...

Wow - a Kidderminster development that DOESN'T involve a new Supermarket.

Double wow - a Kidderminster development that actually USES the river and doesn't just slap parking next to it.

Do we have competent planners now?
Hopefully not too little too late....
Wow - a Kidderminster development that DOESN'T involve a new Supermarket. Double wow - a Kidderminster development that actually USES the river and doesn't just slap parking next to it. Do we have competent planners now? Hopefully not too little too late.... John Herbert Smith
  • Score: 3
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