The Government has selected Worcester to be one of the 101 towns across the country to benefit from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund. Each location has been asked to draw up a Town Investment Plan to secure up to £25 million.
The aim of the fund is to deliver long-term economic and productivity growth, and support recovery from Covid through:
- Urban regeneration, planning and land use: ensuring towns are thriving places for people to live and work
- Skills and enterprise infrastructure: driving private sector investment and ensuring towns have the space to support skills and small business development
- Connectivity: developing local transport schemes that complement regional and national networks, as well as supporting the delivery of improved digital connectivity.
The City Council submitted a Town Investment Plan (TIP) to Government at the end of January 2021, setting out a vision for the city and proposals for how a potential £27.9m investment could deliver long-term economic growth and support Worcester's recovery from COVID.
Read the Worcester Town Investment Plan
- pdf Worcester Town Investment Plan (12.12 MB)
- pdf Appendix A: Socio-Economic Baseline Report (955 KB)
- pdf Appendix B: Stakeholder Engagement Report (790 KB)
- pdf Appendix C: Project Prioritisation Report (446 KB)
- pdf Appendix D: Detailed Project Summary Report (334 KB)
- pdf Appendix E: Market Report (857 KB)
- pdf Appendix F: Letters of Support (3.44 MB)
A Worcester Towns Fund Board oversaw the development of the TIP. The Board includes representatives from local businesses, community groups, arts organisations and the education sector. The Board made recommendations to the City Council, which signed off the final submission. The City Council is the accountable body, responsible for receiving the founding and co-ordinating delivery of the TIP.
The Board and the Council have actively engaged with Worcester’s residents and businesses to develop the TIP. The Board examined ideas that were submitted to the My Town website and fed them into the TIP.
The TIP was approved by the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in January 2021.