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Worcester City Council sets £12m budget

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Worcester City councillors have approved a £12.7 million net budget for 2024-25, including a range of initiatives to support residents' top priority of enhancing and sustaining this beautiful city for future generations. The year ahead will see the City Council investing in the city's heritage and riverside, a new bike hire scheme for the city, new...

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Council makes Compulsory Purchase Order for route linking St Martin’s Quarter and Shrub Hill

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Worcester City Council has published a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire land required to create a new pedestrian and cycling route between Pheasant Street and Shrub Hill Station. The new five-metre wide pathway will start opposite the Asda car park and run across Padmore Street and the existing Cromwell Street bridge over the canal. It wi...

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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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New creative consortium to work with Council on Worcester’s new arts venue

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A new consortium of arts and creative organisations has been formed to work with Worcester City Council on the delivery and management of a new arts venue in the city centre. Based in the Scala and Corn Exchange buildings in Angel Street, the new venue will be funded by part of the £17.9 million award to the City Council from the Government's Futur...

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Strong support for new multi-use arts centre in historic Worcester city centre buildings

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An independent consultation with members of the arts and creative communities in Worcester and beyond has shown strong support for the creation of a new multi-use arts centre in two historic city centre buildings. Worcester City Council engaged independent expert Candice Pearson to carry out a stakeholder consultation, after plans to create a 500-s...

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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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Ambitious plans for city centre improvements are unveiled

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to back proposals to seek Government funding for several major improvement schemes across the city. The City Council can bid for up to £20 million under the latest round of the national Levelling Up funding for projects which tie in with key themes of transport, town centre regeneration, and cultural and h...

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