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Henderson and Wyre Forest District Council unveil new plans for Kidderminster

​Henderson Global Investors and Wyre Forest District Council have unveiled exciting proposals to transform the Bull Ring in Kidderminster and to provide more retailing and restaurants at Weavers Wharf.

​Henderson Global Investors and Wyre Forest District Council have unveiled exciting proposals to transform the Bull Ring in Kidderminster and to provide more retailing and restaurants at Weavers Wharf.

The proposals to transform the Bull Ring involve the demolition of Crown House and the delivery of a major new public square. The River Stour will be opened up and will provide a fantastic setting for markets, fetes and other events, flanked by new restaurants and cafes. The proposals include new trees and landscaping, new street furniture, seating and extensive areas of pedestrian priority space. The area will also include a flexible area for short stay parking which will be available for use when markets or events are not being held.

In addition, proposals for Weavers Wharf include:

  • A new anchor retail unit of 2,782 sq m
  • 3 restaurants next to the canal (about 300 sq m each)
  • 1 café/retail unit overlooking the new square (c. 200 sq m)
    A new bridge over the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal to provide access to Matalan directly from Weavers Wharf retail park

    Weavers Wharf is one of 15 assets within Henderson’s c. £1.07 billionUK Retail Warehouse Fund. The proposed c.30,000 sq ft extension will add an additional 9% of floor space to the c.325,000 sq ft Retail Park. Current tenants include Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next and Boots.

    A key component of the proposal is to improve the retail offer of the town and better link Weavers Wharf to Vicar Street and Exchange Street in order to enhance access to the town and interconnectivity between the two components which will enhance footfall and activity throughout the day.

    The proposals follow on from the Council’s Re-Wyre initiative and represent the next step in the delivery of proposals aimed at revitalising this part of the town. It follows 2 years of work in collaboration with senior officers of Wyre Forest District Council.

    Martin Perry, Director of Retail Development at Henderson, said: "These plans will breathe new life in to this part of Kidderminster, expanding the boundaries of the city centre and adding a quality new development for residents.”

    Councillor John Campion, Leader of the Council said: “Regenerating Kidderminster and demolishing crown house has been a priority of the district council for a number of years. I am delighted that we have reached this stage in this important project. The demolition of Crown House will be a symbolic moment for Kidderminster Town Centre and represents a clear commitment from the Council to improve the look of the town.”

    A planning application is being prepared and is due for submission to Wyre Forest District Council by the end of the year. Pending approval, work is likely to start in mid-2014 and complete in Summer 2016.

    Members of the public are invited to an exhibition on Friday 25 October at the former Sony Centre in Weavers Wharf between 10am-8pm. Plans of the proposals will be available for comment and representatives from the development team will be available to explain the proposals and answer questions.

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