The redevelopment of Bewdley town centre is due to take a major step forward in the next few weeks.
Working in partnership with Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council has submitted a planning application to demolish the town’s library – which is due to relocate to the new Medical Centre in Dog Lane in the next few months.
The plan - which involves the two councils swapping the library site for some of the medical centre land fronting Dog Lane – will create a new development opportunity and additional parking in Load Street, ensuring the future vitality of the town.
It follows successful talks between the county council and Wyre Forest District Council to ensure that the development of the area around Load Street car park is thought through comprehensively to achieve the best deal for the town.
The new Medical Centre is due to open in a few months and Wyre Forest District Council will then take ownership of the current medical centre building as part of a land swap between the council, the GP practice and NHS England.
The additional car parking in Load Street will replace spaces lost to the building of the new medical centre in Dog Lane. Wyre Forest District Council has already provided additional spaces by extending the bottom of Dog Lane car park and creating extra places in the car park at Gardners Meadow.
Cllr Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said: “I’m very pleased with this joined up approach which will ensure the most productive use of the limited redevelopment potential in the heart of Bewdley.
“Residents of Bewdley quite rightly expect the district and county councils to work together for the good of the town rather than progress piecemeal developments on adjoining sites.”
It is expected that the planning application will be considered by the district council in August at the earliest.