A PROJECT to regenerate Kidderminster town centre will get a boost after the council was awarded £725,000 from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund.

This funding will go towards the ongoing work to improve the appearance, access and connection of Worcester Street with Bromsgrove Street and links to the wider Lionfields development site.

The ongoing transformation of this area of town is being made possible through the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

Councillor Dan Morehead, cabinet member for economic regeneration, planning and the green agenda at Wyre Forest District Council said: “We welcome this investment in Wyre Forest, and it is a timely boost to our current regeneration projects taking place in Kidderminster town centre. Specifically, this funding will be directed to improving connectivity, public access, and attractiveness in the town centre.”

North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration, who are working with the council, said the £725,000 funding awarded is part of the funding package for the project.

The project could see a new high-quality tiered green public space constructed, including a play area and a landscaped winding walkway which will improve the visiting experience for residents, shoppers, and businesses.

A planning application is set to be determined before Christmas.

Nationally, 100 regeneration projects will support thousands of new jobs and boost communities in this second phase of £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund with cash going directly to councils so they can release development land and get building projects moving as soon as possible.

Derelict car parks, industrial sites and town centre buildings that have fallen into disrepair will all benefit from the new funding, with the government supporting communities to bring land back into use.