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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has been granted permission to redevelop Gregory’s Bank Industrial Estate in Worcester into a multi-million pound, high quality residential scheme overlooking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

Worcester City Council has given the go-ahead for the 16 acre development which is located just over a mile from Worcester city centre and will provide up to 170 dwellings along with public open spaces and a children’s play area.

The plans follow local public consultation and will transform the mostly-vacant industrial estate into a safe, attractive and thriving neighbourhood that will provide additional family housing for the area.

The houses will range from one to five bedrooms. They will be sited in areas of differing character, with some fronting onto the canal and others overlooking the open spaces.

Mike Timmins, Senior Planning Surveyor at St. Modwen, said the Gregory’s Bank scheme was an exciting, sustainable neighbourhood development that promised to breathe new life into the area:

“St. Modwen is pleased that our plans have been given the go-ahead. The development will significantly enhance the visual quality of the site and has people at its heart. It will bring a semi-vacant urban brownfield site back into beneficial use in a manner that is in keeping with its setting.

“Our scheme has been carefully developed following local public consultation and provides additional family housing. The infrastructure has been designed to allow convenient pedestrian and cycle movement, allowing for more sustainable modes of transport and contributing to reduction in emissions.

“The proposed change of use from industrial estate to a residential scheme will also remove Heavy Goods Vehicles from this existing residential neighbourhood and so improve highway safety in the area.”