DEVELOPERS have taken the wraps off plans for a major housing and employment site on land on the outskirts of Worcester
St. Modwen have teamed up with Merton College, Oxford to create up to 1,250 homes and 900,000 sq ft of logistics space on 240 acres of land in Worcester to create a vibrant new neighbourhood of homes and employment space.
The site, which sits between the newly opened Worcester Parkway station and junction 7 of the M5, is owned by the college and the blueprint for the site envisages a highly sustainable scheme which provides community, education, and convenience facilities along with housing, jobs, and green open space.
With the environment and wellbeing at its heart, the scheme will promote walking, cycling and public transport, together with the use of renewable technologies. Other community and retail facilities together with a primary school will also be provided as part of the development.
The site forms part of a draft allocation for up to 10,000 new homes, 50 hectares of employment and new town centre in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), and St. Modwen will work with other stakeholders including local authorities, adjacent landowners and the local community to help shape plans.
Mixed-tenure homes and new house styles will ensure affordable housing is delivered, while modern logistics facilities will facilitate local employment opportunities.
Guy Gusterson, managing director of Strategic Land and Regeneration at St. Modwen, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to create a new and thriving community in Worcester.
“Building on our proud history of development in the city, we are thrilled to be partnering with Merton College, which shares our commitment to sustainability and community, to create a destination for new homes and employment opportunities that builds on Worcester’s continued growth. “
John Gloag, estates bursar at Merton College, Oxford, added: “This is an exciting opportunity to create a high-quality, mixed-use scheme with cutting-edge sustainability that will be a fantastic place to live and work.
“Merton College is delighted to be partnering with St. Modwen, which shares our sustainability ambitions, brings multi-disciplinary expertise, and has a proven track record of delivering residential and commercial together to create new communities.”