HOUSING will be at the heart of the first phase of a major £150million transformation of Shrub Hill after the ambitious bid was given the green light by city planning chiefs.
Developers behind the multi-million pound scheme have revealed more than 200 one and two bedroom homes to get young house hunters in Worcester onto the property ladder will mark the first chapter of the ambitious revamp.
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.
Speaking after planning permission was finally granted for the scheme last Thursday (July 29), Stennard Harrison, managing director of developers Sherriff’s Gate hailed the news as ‘fantastic’.
“Whilst it has been a long time coming, we are thrilled we can now commence work on one of Worcester’s largest ever regeneration projects,” he said.
“It is the start of a rejuvenation in the Shrub Hill area. Our scheme will create a gateway to the city and bring huge social and economic benefits to Worcester.
“Work will commence on site with immediate effect. We will initially be delivering all of the affordable housing in advance of other phases.
“The first phase will consist of 212 units, in a mix of one and two bedroom units. This will allow the younger generation of Worcester to get on the property ladder and own their own home.”
As part of the revamp, the current First Bus depot will be moved to make room for the new housing to an as yet undesignated site.
“It has been our aspiration to regenerate the gateway to the city for some time and we can now finally bring it to fruition. I would like to thank the city planners and councillors for the support and belief in our vision,” Mr Harrison added.