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27th Nov, 2021

£1million boost for Shrub Hill revamp

Rob George 15th Oct, 2021

THE MULTI-million pound revamp of Shrub Hill has been boosted with nearly £1million of Government cash.

Worcester has been handed £985,000 to help more local people and families get on the property ladder as well as boosting the economy.

The cash will go towards the first phase of the major £150million transformation of Shrub Hill with more than 200 one and two-bedroom homes on the agenda for the city.

Money from the Brownfield Land Release Fund will deliver 76 new high-quality homes – part of the Government’s mission to regenerate the country’s towns and cities.

The development is part of a joint-collaboration between Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council for the transformation of Shrub Hill station, industrial estate and surrounding canal side for employment and residential uses.

The long-awaited £150million scheme includes hundreds of new apartments, shops, a multi-screen cinema, food and beverage outlets, a 20,000 sq ft gym, a 200 bed hotel and also a multi storey car park with space for more than 850 cars on site with electric charging points.

Coun Marc Bayliss, cabinet member for Economy and Skills at Worcestershire County Council and Worcester City Council leader hailed the news.

“The project will be a stimulus for the wider regeneration of the area and the funds awarded will be used to support the first stage of this exciting opportunity,” he said.

Local councils are also being encouraged to bid for £20million to deliver further self and custom build projects on brownfield land.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove MP said: “Urban regeneration is central to levelling up the whole country and building new homes on neglected brownfield sites is a key part of this vision.

“I’m delighted through our Brownfield Land Release Fund, Worcestershire will receive £985,000 to build high quality new homes in Worcester’s Shrub Hill quarter, part of an exciting new regeneration project.

“The Government is delivering the new homes the country needs while prioritising brownfield sites, to revitalise our much-loved towns and cities,” he added.

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