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ST MODWEN SUBMITS PLANS FOR HIGH QUALITY WORCESTER HOUSING SCHEME

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

The proposed 16 acre development, located just over a mile from Worcester city centre, will provide up to 170 dwellings along with public open spaces and a children’s play area.

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

The contemporary-style dwellings 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, while the majority of the homes will be located in the central residential area.

The Gregory’s Bank site is well served by public transport and is within close proximity to a number of shops and services, reducing the need to travel by car. Specially-designed community streets will encourage pedestrian and cycle usage and the canal towpath provides a direct route from the site to Worcester City centre

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:

“This proposal 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 required by the community. 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.”

Subject to planning approval being granted in the Spring, St. Modwen expects work to begin on site in the Autumn of 2012.