Wyre Forest District Council is to press ahead with the demolition of the former Glades Leisure Centre in Kidderminster, signalling the beginning of ambitious plans for the redevelopment of the area known as Kidderminster Eastern Gateway.
Members of the Cabinet last night agreed the site should be cleared as soon as possible so that the regeneration of this part of the town can get underway without delay.
The cabinet agreed the Development Framework for the Eastern Gateway area, which would see a mixture of uses on a variety of parcels of land around the Bromsgrove Street area of the town, at its previous meeting in July.
The first parcel of land to be brought forward is the site of the former Glades Leisure Centre which closed its doors on 2 July and the Council has exciting plans for a cinema and restaurant uses for this part of the site.
Elsewhere the plans include residential, workspace and commercial opportunities depending on what developers are keen to bring to the town.
Last night’s decision will see the Council procuring and undertaking the demolition of the former Glades over the next few months in parallel with actively marketing the site, as a clear signal to potential developers that the Council is open for business and wants to see the site revitalised as quickly as possible.
Cllr Marcus Hart, Leader of the Council said:“I am pleased that the Cabinet has been able to act swiftly to get the redevelopment of the Glades site underway by undertaking the demolition; we recognise the importance of the message that this gives to developers and our local community that we are not prepared to let the site lie idle, but rather that we want this first phase of redevelopment to act as a catalyst for future phases of the Kidderminster Eastern Gateway.”
Cllr Tracey Onslow, Cabinet Member for Planning & Regeneration said:“The demolition of the former leisure centre is the beginning of the step change we are planning for the town to increase its vitality and viability. This is the next phase of works under our ReWyre ReNewed programme that has already seen £2m invested in the public realm of the town and £1m committed to opening up Worcester Street to traffic again.
“The Council is playing its part in the regeneration of our town and we want the market to respond and work in partnership with us to ensure that we have an attractive and economically robust town centre.”