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Revamped Nunnery Way development could create hundreds of jobs

Worcester Editorial 9th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

MORE than 400 jobs could be created at a new multi-million pound business complex on the edge of the city.

Developer St Modwen has submitted a revised plan to Worcester City Council to create an ’employment led’ mixed-use development, off Nunnery Way.

The Worcester-based housing firm’s original scheme for the 20 acre site, which secured planning permission in January 2012, included a new 3,000 seater stadium for Worcester City.

But after the cash-strapped football club agreed to break away from its contract last year as it battled to keep itself afloat, St Modwen were forced to go back to the drawing board.

However, the developer has now come back with a new planning application, which includes the creation of industrial and warehouse units, trade counters and a car showroom as well as a pub and restaurants.

Julie Rossiter, senior asset manager at St Modwen, said:  “We have submitted a planning application for a new high quality, employment led, mixed-use development on Nunnery Way in Worcester, which builds on the existing mixed use consent on the site.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council to enable us to meet strong occupier demand and to bring new businesses and jobs to Worcester.”

Coun Richard Boorn, councillor for Nunnery, said he would welcome the generation of new jobs for the city, but felt the development could add to existing traffic congestion in the area.

“If you times the amount of people who are going to work there by the amount of people who you would expect to go in there to use the companies it is going to be quite a considerable number,” he said.

“It is okay on the bypass, but it is the feeder route to where you would enter from either the motorway or the city, which will suffer.

“You have also got a 256-house development being created on the other side of the road, so there will be consistent pressure on an already over-pressurised road system.”

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