PLANS to transform the former magistrates' court in Kidderminster into a creative hub will go before the council's planning committee next week.

The whole Worcester Street site has remained vacant since the early 2000s when the new court was built near Kidderminster Railway Station.

The space is set to provide a range of work, performance and production areas in the main buildings and historic former weaving sheds.

The intention of the multi-million pound project is to improve connectivity across the town and redevelop key sites

The proposed new uses for the space include a ground floor venue space, a café, bar, at theatre/ lecture venue and a music rehearsal space.

The former weaver sheds are set to be transformed into a multi-purpose space for event, festivals, temporary exhibitions and activities.

The development is being made possible through The Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) – the government funding initiative to transform struggling high streets.

Kidderminster has been awarded £20.5 million from this fund and there are three major projects underway which are all part of the long-term vision for the town.

Architects Burrell Foley Fischer, working in consultation with NWedR on behalf of the Wyre Forest District Council submitted the application.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said: “The proposed plans provide sustainable and flexible working and creative spaces for future generations and we are pleased to see these ideas in front of the planning committee after many months of development work and public consultation.”

The planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 18.