City councillors are set to mull over plans for a major regeneration of Worcester's Shrub Hill Quarter.

The transformation of the 14-hectare site include more than 500 new homes, new public spaces, and the potential creation of up to 5,000 new jobs in the area.

A formal Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) lays out the comprehensive plans.



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These proposals will be examined by Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Committee at its meeting on Monday, January 29, and will decide whether to launch a six-week public consultation on the proposals.

The area, which is covered by the SPD, is to the west of the railway line, and includes the existing Shrub Hill industrial estate.

Numerous listed buildings, such as Worcester Engine Works, the former Great Western Hotel, Isaac Maddox House and Shrub Hill Railway Station, fall within the proposed regeneration area and will be preserved under the proposed plans.

However, it does not include the site of the connecting Sheriff’s Gate development.

The city council is partnering up with Worcestershire County Council on the plans.

Councillor Hannah Cooper, vice chair of the place and economic development committee, said: "The draft Supplementary Planning Document sets out ambitious and aspirational aims for the regeneration of the Shrub Hill Quarter while also allowing for some flexibility as this scheme develops over the next 20 years."

"The City Council ran workshops and a public exhibition last summer to show the initial plans for this scheme, and the feedback from that has fed into the preparation of this formal SPD.

"I hope the committee will back the work undertaken so far, so that we can launch a full public consultation to give everyone the chance to have their say on this vision for the future."

The council is also focused on creating a new pedestrian and cycling link from St Martin’s Quarter to the Shrub Hill Quarter site.

The intent is to offer a safer and more secure environment for all modes of transportation, including foot, bike, wheelchair, and motor vehicle travelling.