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Worcester Woods retail park a "missed opportunity", say developers

Joshua Godfrey 15th Jul, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

DEVELOPERS of the Worcester Woods retail park have said they are reviewing their options after planning chiefs rejected the development.

Worcester City Council planning chiefs voted by nine to one to refuse Land Securities controversial application for a £150million out-of-town retail park on Newtown Road last month, with councillors saying it would have a “devastating” impact on the city centre.

An independent report commissioned by the council also found city centre businesses would suffer a 10.8 per cent loss in revenue.

The 396,175sq ft development was set to include a John Lewis, M&S, Sainsbury’s and a Next Home and Garden store and was expected to create 622 jobs.

Bosses from Land Securities told the Observer they were disappointed and claimed it was a ‘missed opportunity’ to create 622 new jobs.

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