Worcester Technology Park to get cash boost in bid to boost business

Worcester News: Worcestershire County Council is putting together a cash kitty Worcestershire County Council is putting together a cash kitty

A £10 MILLION cash kitty is being put together to finally help Worcester Technology Park get off the ground – in the hope that it will create 5,500 jobs.

Worcestershire County Council is moving ahead with the ambitious project, and has now published a timetable aiming to get employers on to the site in as little as 18 months time.

A report by the council says that it is homing in on potential tenants for the park, which will be just off junction 6 of the M5, saying “detailed negotiations” are progressing with a range of companies.

Now it wants to speed up the process by allocating £10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park.

The cash would also fund work to divert a brook which runs through the site and preparations in getting the land ready for the first spade to go into the ground.

The park is predicted to generate £240 million per year for Worcestershire’s economy.

It was backed by the council’s Conservative cabinet during a meeting at County Hall, where politicians described the project as “vital”.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, said: “We all know how important this site is, it’s crucial for Worcestershire’s economy. It’s probably the biggest ‘game changer’ in the whole county in terms of the raw numbers.”

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Councillor Tony Miller, who represents the area, said: “This is very welcome news indeed, I look forward to seeing it progress.”

A timetable now aims for construction to start in or around September next year, with the first employers based there by the summer of 2015.

It will contain 200,000 square metres of floor space, which can be split into units of all different sizes, with 1,600 parking spaces on-site.

The park, which will cost £18 million to build, suffered a major blow last year when Worcester Bosch pulled out, citing a lack of confidence in the economy.

The section of land originally due to be occupied by the company, which can take 1,000 employees, could now be split up.

The county council hopes to get funding from elsewhere to help make up some of the £10 million required investment.

It includes a combined £1 million contributed by Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council, and up to £3.75 million from the Department for Transport. The Government will make a decision in January, and both councils in February.

Talks are also continuing over securing a “developer partner” to work with the county council on the park.

 

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8:38am Mon 16 Dec 13

I'm_not_bitter says...

"£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why?
5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen!
Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn?
"£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why? 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen! Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn? I'm_not_bitter

10:00am Mon 16 Dec 13

High Time says...

Are they new jobs or are they just recycled jobs from other areas.
Are they new jobs or are they just recycled jobs from other areas. High Time

10:11am Mon 16 Dec 13

skychip says...

Can anyone come up with where all the cars that can't park on the site will find to park. Not too many roads accessible to that area.
Can anyone come up with where all the cars that can't park on the site will find to park. Not too many roads accessible to that area. skychip

10:22am Mon 16 Dec 13

Ted Elgar says...

I got really excited thinking this was going to be a "techno-park" with non-stop German gabba music, glo-sticks and strobe lighting.

How disappointed I was to learn that this will be just tedious grey factory units instead.
I got really excited thinking this was going to be a "techno-park" with non-stop German gabba music, glo-sticks and strobe lighting. How disappointed I was to learn that this will be just tedious grey factory units instead. Ted Elgar

11:49am Mon 16 Dec 13

Lew Smoralz says...

5,00 extra cars on junction 6 twice a day?

Is the secret agenda of Lib/Lab/Con councils to bring traffic in Worcester to a total halt?

Until we get some serious, intelligent governance the traffic in Worcester will continue to be a nightmare and will be getting worse.
5,00 extra cars on junction 6 twice a day? Is the secret agenda of Lib/Lab/Con councils to bring traffic in Worcester to a total halt? Until we get some serious, intelligent governance the traffic in Worcester will continue to be a nightmare and will be getting worse. Lew Smoralz

10:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tub_thumper says...

Techno-Park?

"Techno" is a style of electronic music. The word "technology" shouldn't be shortened this way. Gives the wrong impression:

Woop-woop! Glo-sticks, samba whistles and a bit of Acieeeeed!!!!

"E's are good, E's are good... He's Ebaneza Goode"!
Techno-Park? "Techno" is a style of electronic music. The word "technology" shouldn't be shortened this way. Gives the wrong impression: Woop-woop! Glo-sticks, samba whistles and a bit of Acieeeeed!!!! "E's are good, E's are good... He's Ebaneza Goode"! tub_thumper

12:14am Tue 17 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

I'm_not_bitter wrote:
"£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why?
5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen!
Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn?
I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time. Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do.

So not necessarily that big a deal.
[quote][p][bold]I'm_not_bitter[/bold] wrote: "£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why? 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen! Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn?[/p][/quote]I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time. Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do. So not necessarily that big a deal. Brummagem Bertie

10:44am Tue 17 Dec 13

I'm_not_bitter says...

Brummagem Bertie wrote:
I'm_not_bitter wrote:
"£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why?
5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen!
Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn?
I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time. Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do.

So not necessarily that big a deal.
Forgive me, but that sounds a bit like finger-crossing rather than planning.

"I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time."
Or it may make no difference at all if the shifts end and start at the same time there will be a need for both shifts to park at the same time.

"Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. "
And there will be visitors, job-shares, part-timers, etc requiring requiring more than one to one parking.

"And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do."
Or having lost its purpose as a park and ride it may have been developed.
[quote][p][bold]Brummagem Bertie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I'm_not_bitter[/bold] wrote: "£10 million for highways access and landscaping of the park" - but we can't afford to solve major traffic issues like dualling Carrington Bridge. I wonder why? 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces? So that will be 3,900 people walking, cycling and bussing it every day then? Yeah, that's going to happen! Sounds like another parking debacle in the making. Will these so-called planners never learn?[/p][/quote]I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time. Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do. So not necessarily that big a deal.[/p][/quote]Forgive me, but that sounds a bit like finger-crossing rather than planning. "I expect that at least some of the companies there will operate a two-shift system, so there may well not be a need for everyone to park on the site at the same time." Or it may make no difference at all if the shifts end and start at the same time there will be a need for both shifts to park at the same time. "Out of the 5,000 there will also be people who will be off sick or on holiday. " And there will be visitors, job-shares, part-timers, etc requiring requiring more than one to one parking. "And by the time that the units are built, the park and ride at Sixways will have been closed, so I expect that the companies can negotiate extra parking there, like Npower do." Or having lost its purpose as a park and ride it may have been developed. I'm_not_bitter

11:55am Tue 17 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

No, the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped. Wychavon DC wouldn't allow it for one and, more importantly, the rugby club need the parking for matchdays and its conferencing business.

But in any event, I believe that the number of spaces is ultimately dictated by National Government planning guidelines, so not really the fault of the local planners.
No, the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped. Wychavon DC wouldn't allow it for one and, more importantly, the rugby club need the parking for matchdays and its conferencing business. But in any event, I believe that the number of spaces is ultimately dictated by National Government planning guidelines, so not really the fault of the local planners. Brummagem Bertie

2:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

I'm_not_bitter says...

"the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped" - Is that ever? Or unless Warriors don't stay in the Premiership? Or unless they go bust? Or unless they start to share a smaller ground somewhere with somebody? Or unless the SWDP is revised or amended? Or unless Wychavon's budget is reduced again?

And, do you think that because National Government planning guidelines say that 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces a mile from anywhere works, it will?
"the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped" - Is that ever? Or unless Warriors don't stay in the Premiership? Or unless they go bust? Or unless they start to share a smaller ground somewhere with somebody? Or unless the SWDP is revised or amended? Or unless Wychavon's budget is reduced again? And, do you think that because National Government planning guidelines say that 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces a mile from anywhere works, it will? I'm_not_bitter

11:44pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

I'm_not_bitter wrote:
"the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped" - Is that ever? Or unless Warriors don't stay in the Premiership? Or unless they go bust? Or unless they start to share a smaller ground somewhere with somebody? Or unless the SWDP is revised or amended? Or unless Wychavon's budget is reduced again?

And, do you think that because National Government planning guidelines say that 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces a mile from anywhere works, it will?
Well, it would be daft to say never, but the car parks will still be there if Warriors get relegated, they aren't about to go bust anytime soon, they aren't about to move to a smaller ground anytime soon, and I doubt that even if the SWDP is revised or amended anytime soon it will have any impact on the land use classification of Sixways and likely permitted development.

As for Wychavon DC, why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways?
[quote][p][bold]I'm_not_bitter[/bold] wrote: "the Park and Ride at Sixways won't be redeveloped" - Is that ever? Or unless Warriors don't stay in the Premiership? Or unless they go bust? Or unless they start to share a smaller ground somewhere with somebody? Or unless the SWDP is revised or amended? Or unless Wychavon's budget is reduced again? And, do you think that because National Government planning guidelines say that 5,500 jobs and 1,600 parking spaces a mile from anywhere works, it will?[/p][/quote]Well, it would be daft to say never, but the car parks will still be there if Warriors get relegated, they aren't about to go bust anytime soon, they aren't about to move to a smaller ground anytime soon, and I doubt that even if the SWDP is revised or amended anytime soon it will have any impact on the land use classification of Sixways and likely permitted development. As for Wychavon DC, why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways? Brummagem Bertie

5:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways?"

Because if developers offer the right inducements then scruples go out of the window and anything could happen.
"why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways?" Because if developers offer the right inducements then scruples go out of the window and anything could happen. I'm_not_bitter

10:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

I'm_not_bitter wrote:
"why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways?"

Because if developers offer the right inducements then scruples go out of the window and anything could happen.
Wychavon do not own Sixways, so whatever their budget situation they can't sell it to developers.

Neither Warriors nor WRFC are likely to pack up in the foreseeable future (and by that, I mean in my lifetime). The only development likely at Sixways in the next few years is a hotel, for which they already have outline planning permission. That will not be on the car park and will mainly be to support Sixways Conferencing and Events business.

Please try to keep your imagination in check and deal in possibilities and probabilities, rather than fantasy; or else take up writing fiction.
[quote][p][bold]I'm_not_bitter[/bold] wrote: "why would their budget situation have any bearing on Sixways?" Because if developers offer the right inducements then scruples go out of the window and anything could happen.[/p][/quote]Wychavon do not own Sixways, so whatever their budget situation they can't sell it to developers. Neither Warriors nor WRFC are likely to pack up in the foreseeable future (and by that, I mean in my lifetime). The only development likely at Sixways in the next few years is a hotel, for which they already have outline planning permission. That will not be on the car park and will mainly be to support Sixways Conferencing and Events business. Please try to keep your imagination in check and deal in possibilities and probabilities, rather than fantasy; or else take up writing fiction. Brummagem Bertie
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