A DESIGN team is being enlisted to form plans to redevelop the former Lloyds Garage site in Stourport into temporary accommodation.

Wyre Forest District Council has entered into a partnership with Public Sector Plc (PSP) to carry out the proposed redevelopment of the site in Bridge Street to provide a new temporary accommodation facility.

At a meeting last week, it was agreed that PSP would enlist a design team, oversee the delivery of the project and find a construction contractor to carry the plans forward.

The land has been used as a car park since the old Lloyds Garage was demolished in 2014, after Wyre Forest District Council served the owners with a compulsory purchase order, saying the site was needed for redevelopment. Read our story from 2008 here.

But the council has said new plans to build accommodation there are not definite.

Mike Parker, Wyre Forest District Council’s director for economic prosperity and place, said: “The council acquired the former Lloyds Garage site a number of years ago and has found it challenging to bring forward suitable redevelopment proposals which are commercially viable.

"One of the options we are considering is to redevelop the site for temporary accommodation.

"‘Good quality and affordable homes for all’ is one of our key priorities and this would support us to deliver our housing service.

"At this stage there are no definite plans. We are investigating whether it is viable.

"If it does become a possibility, planning permission will have to be obtained in the usual way."