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Have your say on ambitious plan for Worcester’s Shrub Hill Quarter

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The public can now have their say on ambitious plans for the major regeneration of Worcester's Shrub Hill Quarter. A six-week public consultation has been launched into a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which sets out proposals for the revamp of the 14-hectare site, including more than 500 new homes, new public spaces, and the capacity...

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Next steps in ambitious plan for Worcester’s Shrub Hill Quarter

How the regenerated Shrub Hill Quarter could look. Image courtesy of AR Urbanism. How the regenerated Shrub Hill Quarter could look. Image courtesy of AR Urbanism.

Ambitious plans for the major regeneration of Worcester's Shrub Hill Quarter are set to be considered by Worcester city councillors. A formal Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out proposals for the revamp of the 14-hectare site, including more than 500 new homes, new public spaces, and the capacity for the creation of up to 5,000 new jobs....

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Revealed: Studio plans for Scala arts venue

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Exciting visuals for the Scala's studio layout have been released, giving a glimpse of what the new Worcester arts venue will offer, subject to planning permission being granted. The designs show three multi-use studios, currently named The Stage, The Screen, and The Box, as well as a café that can provide additional performance space, and foyer an...

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Worcester gets set to light up for Christmas

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Festive fun will officially begin in Worcester at 6pm on Saturday 25 November, when the city's Christmas lights are switched on by two special guests – the Mayor of Worcester and Santa Claus himself! The two will be accompanied by members of the cast of the Swan Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime. A fun-packed family evening to mark the eve...

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Worcester’s landmark tourism buildings to be open Sundays in 2024

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Public opening hours to two city museums are to be reshaped following a decision made by Worcester City Council. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and The Commandery are key destinations for visitors to the city, attracting a combined 80,000 visitors each year. Proposals have been agreed for the Art Gallery & Museum to open on Sundays, to...

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Sunday opening for Worcester museums up for debate

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Public opening hours to two city museums could be reshaped following recommendations made to Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development (PED) Committee on Monday 6 November. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and The Commandery are key destinations for visitors to the city, attracting a combined 80,000 visitors each year. Proposal...

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Next steps for creating new multi-use arts centre in historic Worcester city centre buildings

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regeBacking has been given to proposals to develop a new arts venue in the heart of Worcester's city centre, with a raft of local arts organisations involved. Worcester City Council's Policy and Resources Committee has authorised the continuation of design work for The Scala and Corn Exchange in Angel Place as a multi-use arts venue, as part of the...

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Worcestershire’s district councils raise concerns about proposals to close ticket offices

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The leaders of the six district councils in Worcestershire have united to express concern about proposals that would see all but one railway station in Worcestershire lose its ticket office. The councils have submitted joint responses to the consultations by West Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway. All tickets offices across the county woul...

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Watch the Women’s World Cup final on the big screen in Worcester

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England's historic clash against Spain in the Women's World Cup final is set to be shown on a big screen in the centre of Worcester. Fans can enjoy all the excitement of this unique match on a six-metre screen in Cathedral Square on Sunday. It will be a fantastic chance for fans to enjoy the thrilling final together, cheering on the Lionesses for a...

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Councillors to consider revised proposal for arts venue in heart of Worcester

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider a revised plan for creating a new arts venue in the city centre, in response to spiralling costs. The Policy and Resources Committee will next week be asked to agree to scale back the plans for the Scala in Angel Street, reducing its seating capacity from 500 to 300. The move comes in response ...

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Plan unveiled for new walking and cycling route linking Worcester city centre and Shrub Hill

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Plans have been unveiled to create an improved walking and cycling link between the city centre and the area around Shrub Hill railway station. A planning application has been submitted to create a new five-metre wide pathway between Pheasant Street, opposite the Asda car park, to Padmore Street and the existing Cromwell Street bridge over the cana...

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Planning application is in for final phase of Worcester’s Arches regeneration

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The planning application to demolish a former take-away in Foregate Street, creating a new walking and cycling route to The Arches – Worcester redevelopment, has been submitted. Residents can now have their say on the proposals, which would create a new direct link between Foregate Street railway station and The Hive and the river Severn.  Pla...

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Cost of living and child poverty support in Worcester

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Councillors are to be asked to support more cost-of-living support for Worcester residents and the investment of more than £46,000 in steps to tackle child poverty in the city. Worcestershire has been allocated £7.9 million from the Department of Work and Pensions's Household Support Fund to help people deal with the cost-of-living crisis, and Worc...

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Additional funding confirmed for planned Scala arts centre development

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Additional funding has now been confirmed for the proposed redevelopment of Worcester's Scala Theatre, taking the ambitious plans a step closer to becoming reality. The proposals will transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-needed boost to local businesses. A plannin...

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New website to boost Worcester’s tourism appeal

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A new website has been launched to further boost Worcester's growing reputation as a tourist attraction. The new site is based around the city's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at the Guildhall in High Street. It's bursting with useful information about why Worcester is a great place to visit, what's on in the city, and the services on offer ...

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City Council plans to buy land for new walking & cycling pathway

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider making a Compulsory Purchase Order to help acquire land for the creation of a new walking and cycling route linking the city centre and Shrub Hill railway station. The Shrub Hill area is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, turning it into a major new centre for residential, business ...

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Worcester’s free Christmas bus is a festive success

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The free day of festive bus travel in Worcester on Saturday 10 December proved to be a big hit with city shoppers and out-of-town visitors. A total of 6,978 passengers who would normally have had to pay for bus travel took advantage of the offer, jointly run by Worcester City Council and First Bus. That's a 20% increase on the equivalent Saturday i...

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Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

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Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester's profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency. The UK Shared Prospe...

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Worcester is ready to light up for Christmas

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Christmas is coming to Worcester – with the festive lights being switched on in a fun-packed family event on Saturday 26 November. This year there will be more streets lit up in the city than ever before, including – for the first time – seasonal illuminations on New Road to create a closer link between the festive offers in both the city centre an...

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Consultation starts on South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

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A six-week public consultation has started on a key planning document that will shape the future development of south Worcestershire. The revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) allocates land for 13,240 additional new homes and 290.7 hectares of employment land to be delivered by 2041. This will help meet the Government requirement to...

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